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VCU vs. Richmond - 2/13/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Richmond at VCU
Date & Time Wednesday February 13, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Stuart Siegel Center
Richmond, VA
The Line
VCU Rams -12.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPN2, ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Richmond at VCU
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The Richmond Spiders and the VCU Rams meet in A-10 college basketball action from the Stuart Siegel Center on Wednesday night.

The Richmond Spiders will look to build on back-to-back wins after an 89-63 beatdown of George Washington in their last outing. Grant Golden and Jacob Gilyard tied for the team-high with 17 points apiece, with Gilyard shooting 7 of 12 with 3 threes and team-highs of 5 assists and 4 steals while Golden grabbed a team-high 5 rebounds with a pair of steals. Jake Wojcik added 4 threes for his 12 points with 5 boards and Souleymane Koureissi added 10 points and 5 boards of his own in just 11 minutes. Golden leads the Spiders with an average of 17.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while Gilyard leads Richmond in assists with 5 helpers per game this season. As a team, Richmond is averaging 70.9 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 67.8% from the foul line this season.

The VCU Rams will look to add to their current 4-game winning streak after an 85-55 win over St. Bonaventure in their last outing. Sean Mobley and Marcus Evans led the way with 12 points, with Mobley shooting 5 of 6 from the floor while Evans added a team-high 4 assists and a whopping 6 steals. Marcus Santos-Silva added 11 points with 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for VCU in the win while Michael Gilmore had 7 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. Evans leads VCU with an average of 13.4 points and 3 assists per game while Santos-Silva leads the Rams in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, VCU is averaging 70.4 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 29.3% from 3-point range and 69.2% from the foul line this season. The Rams are also extremely tough on defense, allowing just 62.6 points per game on 37.6% from the floor and 25.4% from behind the 3-point line, the 4th-best field goal percentage against and the lowest 3-point percentage against in D-I this season.

Richmond is 21-10-2 ATS in their last 33 Wednesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. VCU is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 15-6 in their last 21 games following a win. Richmond is 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams at VCU.

This seems like a lot of points to give up as Richmond has only lost by double-digits on the road twice this season and have put forth a couple of solid efforts as of late. However, VCU’s recent run is impressive because a lot of that success came on the road. Now the Rams return home with their eyes set on the top spot in the conference and the Rams’ last home game ended in a 16-point win over a very good George Mason team. Richmond also beat George Mason at home, but I think asking the Spiders to go on the road and hang with VCU is asking a lot, so I’ll lay the points with VCU here.

Pick:
VCU -12.5

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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