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Richmond vs. VCU - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

VCU at Richmond
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Robins Center
Richmond, VA
The Line
VCU Rams -6.5 -- O/U: 138
TV Channel
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The VCU Rams and the Richmond Spiders meet in A-10 college basketball action from the Robins Center on Saturday afternoon.

The VCU Rams will look to push their winning streak to double figures after making it 9 wins in a row with a 71-65 win over Saint Louis in their last outing. Marcus Evans led the Rams with 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 3 threes while Issac Vann added 16 points as the only other VCU player to end up scoring in double figures in the winning effort. Sean Mobley and Marcus Santos-Silva each had 8 points apiece as well in the win for the Rams. Evans leads VCU with an average of 14 points and 3.2 assists per game while Santos-Silva leads the Rams in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, VCU is averaging 71.5 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the arc and 70.1% from the foul line this season.

The Richmond Spiders will look to rebound after splitting their last 10 games following a 77-63 loss to George Mason in their last outing. Julius Johnson led the Spiders with 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 3 threes while Nathan Cayo added 14 points and Grant Golden chipped in 10 points with team-highs of 9 rebounds, 5 assists and a whopping 6 blocks. Jacob Gilyard added 8 points with 3 steals while Jake Wojcik chipped in 3 steals of his own as well in the losing effort. Golden leads Richmond with an average of 17.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while Gilyard leads the Spiders in assists with 5 assists per game this season. As a team, Richmond is averaging 70.7 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the arc and 66.7% from the foul line this season.

VCU is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. Richmond is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 25-9 in their last 34 conference games. The home team is 17-8-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.

The home team has had the bulk of the success between these two teams for quite some time, so getting Richmond as a dog is tempting on the surface. However, VCU has not been afraid to go on the road and get the job done in a big way lately, just ask St. Bonaventure, who had VCU come in and beat them on their own home floor by 30. The same Bonnies team that beat Richmond on their home floor by 9 points earlier this season. The Rams own a 21-point win over Richmond already this season, and to be honest, even on the road, this low of a line is a gift so I’ll gladly lay the points with VCU in this spot.

VCU -6.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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