VCU at UMass - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

VCU at UMass - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

VCU (18-13) at UMass (14-17)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: UMass Minutemen +6.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The VCU Rams (18-13, CONF 8-10) and UMass Minutemen (14-17, CONF 8-10) face off on Thursday in the Atlantic 10 tournament at the Barclays Center. The home team has won the last two games played between VCU and UMass.

Something switched midseason and VCU is really struggling coming into this game. VCU has lost two games in a row and eight of their last ten games. In the Rams last game against Davidson they could only manage 65 points and that led to the loss. 

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Over the last five games, VCU is averaging 66.2 points per game while the defense is giving up 69.2 points. VCU is led by guard Marcus Santos-Silva who is averaging 12.8 points while shooting 56.9 percent from the field. 

The Rams second leading scorer, De’Riante Jenkins is out for this game, and Issac Vann is questionable for this game. 

UMass only has 14 wins on the season but they have played better during conference play winning eight of the 18 games. Coming into this game UMass has lost two of the last three games but before that they had won three games in a row. Over the last nine games UMass has covered seven of the spreads. 

Over the last five games UMass is averaging 65.2 points per game while they are giving up 64.8 points per game. 

UMass has been led by center Tre Mitchell who is averaging 17.7 points while shooting 47.1 percent from the field. 

VCU is 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games. THe over is 5-21 in VCU’s last eight games as a favorite. UMass is 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine games overall. The under is 8-2 in UMass’s last ten games overall. UMass is 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine games against the A-10.

VCU is the better team but this is a large number to lay with a team that hasn’t proven they can beat many teams as of late. UMass has been playing good defense as of late, and that will continue in this game. Back UMass to cover the spread.

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