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VCU vs Saint Joseph’s Basketball Picks 3-16-24

Saint Joseph's Hawks (21-12) vs. VCU Rams (21-12)
March 16, 2024 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: VCU Rams -2.5; Over/Under: +139.5
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In this article we will formulate a St. Joseph’s vs VCU betting prediction for this college basketball game on Saturday, March 16th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

  • The St. Joseph’s recent form and recent player performance 
  • The VCU recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving St. Joseph’s
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving VCU
  • Recent betting trends in games played between St. Joseph’s and VCU
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between St. Joseph’s and VCU

St. Joseph’s Preview

The St. Joseph’s Hawks are 21-12 (9-9) this year after they defeated Richmond by a score of 66-61 in their last game. St. Joseph’s trailed 24-22 at halftime, but they out scored Richmond 44-37 in the second half for the win. The Hawks shot 41.8% from the field and were +11 in rebounding margin in the game. St. Joseph’s defeated George Mason by a score of 64-57 and Davidson by a score of 89-71 in the two games prior to Richmond. The Hawks shot 76 points per game with 35.7 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game, while giving up 70.5 points against per game this year. Erik Reynolds II is averaging 17 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, and 2.6 assists per game. St. Joseph’s is shooting 44.6% from the field, 72.8% on free throws, and 35.8% on three pointers this season. 

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VCU Preview

The VCU Rams are 21-12 (11-7) this season after they defeated UMass by a score of 73-59 in their last game. VCU led 42-25 at halftime and they were able to get the win, despite only scoring 31 second half points. The Rams shot 50% from the field and made 23 free throws in the game. VCU defeated Fordham by a score of 69-62 in the game prior to UMass, but lost the three games before that. The Rams are scoring 72.3 points per game with 35.5 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game, while giving up 67.2 points against per game this season. Max Shulga is averaging 14.6 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 3.7 assists per game. VCU is shooting 44.4% from the field, 78.1% on free throws, and 36.6% on three pointers this year. 

St. Joseph’s vs VCU Betting Prediction

VCU comes into this game after going 11-7 in conference play this year and they finished tied for fourth in the A-10. The Rams finished the regular season on a three game losing streak, but they have played great defense in the first two games of this tournament. St. Joseph’s went 9-9 in conference play this season, but they just knocked off the #1 seed in their last game. The Hawks have also played outstanding defense in this tournament, allowing just 61 and 57 points. VCU won the only regular season meeting with St. Joe’s by a score of 73-69, but I like how both teams are defending right now and I am taking the under. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Under 139.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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