The Seattle Redhawks and the VCU Rams meet Saturday in college basketball action from Siegel Center. Seattle comes into this matchup at 2-1 overall. The Redhawks lost to Northern Arizona in their last outing. As for VCU, they’re 2-1 as well following a win over Radford on Wednesday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Redhawks managed a couple of wins in their first two outings of the season. First came a 71-60 win over Prairie View, as Seattle shot 43.1 percent from the floor with 43 rebounds. Game two was closer, but still a victory. The Redhawks were able to beat Montana State 71-68 with 46.4 percent from the field and just 2-of-20 from 3-point range.
In their latest matchup versus Northern Arizona on Wednesday, the Redhawks fell behind 40-28 after one half and limped to the loss 62-60. Alex Schumacher managed 24 points and six rebounds in the defeat. Cameron Tyson was the only other team player in double-figures with 14 points and five boards
Over on the VCU side, they took a loss to McNeese in their first game of the year, falling 76-65. The Rams shot 41.5 percent from the floor with a close 36-34 rebounding edge in that defeat. VCU was able to bounce back in their second game of the season versus Samford. The Rams hit 49 percent shooting in that one with 40 rebounds and 13 team assists.
VCU’s latest win came Wednesday versus Radford. The Rams hit a 40-17 advantage in the second half, closing strong in a 73-50 win. Jason Nelson came off the bench to lead the team on 19 points, while Zeb Jackson put up 17 points with five assists and two steals. Toibu Lawal doubled up on 12 bench points with 10 rebounds as well.
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I’m going to lean toward VCU, but you could make a case either way. The Rams were able to close strong in their latest win over Radford on Wednesday, holding the Highlanders to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range. VCU did get out-rebounded 34-33 (12-7 offensive) and didn’t get much production out of the majority of their starters, though.
As for Seattle, they didn’t shoot very well against Northern Arizona (35.3 percent), and hit 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from outside The 18 turnovers made for a sloppy game as well. Both these teams have some improvements to make in this matchup, but overall I’m leaning toward VCU to cover.