VCU vs. Richmond Pick
Which Atlantic-10 team has the edge when Richmond hosts VCU tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, VCU is favored on the road tonight, as the Rams are getting odds of -3.5 points against Richmond. The over/under total for the game is listed at 143.5 points. VCU has won four straight in this series, including an 81-74 win on Feb. 1 at home. The Rams are 3-1 against the spread in these four wins over the Spiders.
VCU sits 21-5 overall and 11-2 in the Atlantic 10 thanks to a 7-game winning streak. The Rams are now 9-13 against the spread after going just 3-6 ATS in their last nine games. VCU is averaging 75.7 points per game on offense this season while allowing just 66.2 on defense. When on the road, the offensive average dips to just 70.6 per game, but the defense doesn’t alter too much, sitting at 67.8. JeQuan Lewis is leading the team with 15.6 points and 4.5 assists per game while Justin Tillman is adding 12.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.
Richmond is coming off a 93-70 loss at George Mason on Tuesday to drop to 15-10 on the season and 9-4 in the A10. The loss also snapped a five-game cover streak to drop the Spiders to 11-8-2 against the spread. Richmond averages 74 points per game on offense while allowing 72 on defense. T.J. Cline is averaging 19.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game to lead the team while ShawnDre’ Jones is adding 16.9 points and 4.3 assists per contest.
Richmond is desperate tonight. The Spiders need a win to stay in the mix in the A10. Richmond is at home and now finds itself as an underdog against a VCU team it played competitive with when on the road. The Spiders are 5-2 against the spread after a loss this season while VCU is just 2-5 against the spread as a road favorite. Take a chance on the Spiders tonight.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: RICHMOND +3.5