UMass vs. VCU - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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VCU (17-10) at UMass (12-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (William D. Mullins Center)
The Line: UMass +5.5 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The VCU Rams (17-10, CONF 7-7) and UMass Minutemen (12-15, CONF 6-8) face off in an Atlantic 10 showdown at the Mullins Center.VCU has won the last four games over the Umass.
At one point earlier this season it looked like VCU was almost a lock to make the NCAA tournament but they have fallen off and it hasn’t been pretty. Coming into this game VCU has lost four games in a row and they failed to cover the spread in each of those squads.
The offense has really let them down, and in three of the last four games they have scored under 63 points.
On the road this season VCU is averaging 69 points per game while the defense is giving up 72.3 points. If they want any chance in this game the Rams offense is going to need to find a way to get going. VCU could be without their third and fourth leading scorers as they deal with injuries.
UMass has had their fair share of struggles this season but they are playing better coming into this game having won three of the last four games, including an ultra-impressive win over St. Louis.
Over the last five games UMass’s defense is giving up only 64.6 points per game and that defensive production has let them down.
UMass is led by center Tre Mitchell who is averaging 16.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and shooting 47 percent from the field.
In two of the last three games, Mitchell has put up at least 24 points,and in the other game he still managed 15.
VCU is 6-22 against the spread in their last 28 games played on Wednesday. UMass is 16-4-1 against the spread in their last 21 home games. UMass is 17-36-1 against the spread in their last 54 games played on Wednesday.
The over is 5-2-1 in the Rams last 21 home games.
VCU is really struggling and this is a big number to lay with them, UMass’s defense is going to be strong again in this game and that will be enough for them to cover the spread with ease.