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VCU vs. Saint Joseph's - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Saint Joseph's at VCU
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Stuart Siegel Center
Richmond, VA
The Line
VCU Rams -12.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Saint Joseph’s Hawks and the VCU Rams meet in A-10 college basketball action from the Stuart Siegel Center on Friday night.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks come into this game looking to rebound after an 86-85 overtime loss to Rhode Island in their last outing. Jared Bynum led the Hawks with 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 7 assists while Chris Clover added 14 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. Charlie Brown Jr. and Lamarr Kimble each had 13 points with Brown Jr. adding 9 rebounds of his own while Kimble had 6 boards and 4 assists. Taylor Funk added 12 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Saint Joseph’s in the loss, while Lorenzo Edwards added 9 points with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Brown Jr. leads Saint Joseph’s with an average of 19 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while Bynum leads the Hawks in assists with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Saint Joseph’s is averaging 70.4 points per game on 40.7% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the arc and 74.2% from the foul line this season.

The VCU Rams will look to finish the season with momentum after making it 11 wins in a row with a 71-36 rout of George Mason in their last outing. Marcus Evans led the Rams with 13 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 3 threes while De’Riante Jenkins added 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 4 rebounds as the only other VCU player to finish in double-figures scoring in the win. Marcus Santos-Silva added 9 points to match his 9 rebounds as well in the victory. Evans leads VCU with an average of 14 points and 3.3 assists per game while Santos-Silva leads the Rams on the glass with 6.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, VCU is averaging 71.4 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field, 30.4% from behind the arc and 69.9% from the foul line this season. Defensively, VCU ranks as one of the top teams in the country, sitting 8th in scoring defense, allowing just 61.1 points per game, 6th in field goal percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 38.2% from the floor, and 2nd in 3-point percentage against, allowing teams to shoot just 27.2% from downtown this season.

Saint Joseph’s is 27-10-1 ATS in their last 38 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. VCU is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games. Saint Joseph’s is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams at VCU.

The points with Saint Joseph’s are wildly tempting considering that the Hawks have owned this matchup ATS in recent years. However, VCU has been steamrolling teams left and right and have been suffocating their opponents with their defense. The Rams have had some close calls lately, but VCU also just went on the road and nearly doubled up a very good George Mason team, holding them to just 36 points. VCU is just firing on all cylinders right now and I can’t go against VCU right now. Lay the points with the Rams to finish the season strong on Friday night.

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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