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VCU vs. Rider - 12/30/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rider Broncs (5-6) at VCU Rams (8-4)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: VCU Rams -9.5 -- Over/Under: 141
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The Rider Broncs and the VCU Rams meet in college basketball action from the Stuart Siegel Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Rider Broncs will look to bounce back after falling below .500 at 5-6 with an 81-80 loss to CSU-Northridge in their last outing. Frederick Scott led the Broncs with 21 points on 4 of 9 shooting with an 11 of 12 mark from the foul line and 7 rebounds while Jordan Allen added 17 points with 3 steals and Tyere Marshall added 13 points and 7 rebounds of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Rider in the losing effort. Anthony Durham added 6 points while dishing out a team-high 4 assists as well in the defeat. Allen leads the Broncs with 14.5 points per game while Scott leads Rider on the glass with 5.5 rebounds per game and Stevie Jordan leads Rider in assists with 4.2 helpers per game this season. As a team, Rider is averaging 76.3 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 37.9% from behind the arc and 59.5% from the foul line this season.

The VCU Rams will look to build some momentum after a 70-54 win over Wichita State in their last outing. Issac Vann led the Rams with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes while De’Riante Jenkins and Marcus Evans each had 15 points, with Jenkins adding a pair of threes, 3 assists and a team-high 6 rebounds while Evans dished out a team-high 5 assists in the win. Marcus Santos-Silva added 10 points on a perfect 5 of 5 shooting with 5 rebounds and 3 blocks to round out the foursome of double-digit scorers for VCU in the winning effort. Evans leads VCU in scoring with 13.1 points per game while Santos-Silva is the Rams’ top rebounder with 7.7 rebounds per game and Vann leads VCU in assists with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, VCU is averaging 67.8 points per game on 39.8% shooting from the field, 27.2% from behind the arc and 66.8% from the foul line this season. The Rams are also tough on defense, giving up just 62.3 points per game on the 6th-lowest field goal percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 37% from the field and 25% from behind the arc, 4th-lowest in D-I from 3-point range this season.

Rider is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 non-conference games. VCU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 non-conference games.

Rider has had a lot of road tests this season, but the issue for the Broncs is that they’ve failed the majority of those tests away from home, failing to cover and losing 5 of their 6 road games with each of those losses ending by double digits. Rider just lost to CSU-Northridge as a 9.5-point favorite and VCU is a much better team on defense than the Matadors. I think this is a game where VCU flexes their muscle on defense and sends Rider home with yet another double-digit loss on the road, so I’ll lay the points with VCU here.

VCU -9.5

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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