Davidson at VCU: 3/6/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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VCU Rams (18-6) vs Davidson Wildcats (13-7)
Game Info: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Stuart Siegel Center)
Betting Odds: VCU Rams -1 -- Over/Under: 133 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Davidson Wildcats and VCU Rams will square off at the Stuart C. Siegel Center in the Semifinals of the A-10 Championship this Saturday night.
The Davidson Wildcats finished their regular season with an overall record of 13-7 and earned the 3-seed in the A-10 Championship with a conference record of 7-4. Davidson advanced to the Semifinals after defeating the George Mason Patriots, 99-67, this past Friday night. Davidson was lights out on the offensive end against George Mason and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 49-32 lead. Davidson shot 59.0% from the field and 54.8% from beyond the arc while George Mason shot just 39.6% from the field and 27.8% from beyond the arc. Davidson outrebounded George Mason by a 35-28 margin and won the turnover battle by a 13-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Kellan Grady who had 32 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Davidson is averaging 73.3 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 10.0 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Davidson has been led by Kellan Grady (17.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg), Hyunjung Lee (13.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg), Carter Collins (11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), & Luke Brajkovic (10.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Davidson is holding their opponents to an average of 63.6 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The VCU Rams finished their regular season with an overall record of 18-6 and earned the 2-seed in the A-10 Championship after finishing conference play with a 10-4 record. VCU advanced to the Semifinals after defeating the Dayton Flyers, 73-68, this past Friday night. VCU was solid on the offensive end against Dayton and was able to hold off the Flyers for the victory after taking a 55-36 lead with 9:11 left in regulation. VCU shot 52.9% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc while Dayton shot 40.7% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc. VCU was outrebounded by Dayton by a 36-26 margin, however, the Rams did win the turnover battle by a 21-15 margin. Leading the way for the Rams was Nah’Shon Hyland who had a double-double with 30 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, & 3 steals.
On the season, VCU is averaging 72.3 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, VCU has been led by Nah’Shon Hyland (19.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg), Vince Williams Jr. (10.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Adrian Baldwin Jr. (6.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 2.2 spg), & Hason Ward (6.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 2.3 bpg).
Defensively, VCU is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of 2.4.
The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Rams are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .60, however, are just 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Davidson comes into this game winning 7 of their last 9 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as the Wildcats can do some serious damage from beyond the arc and have a defense ranked 32nd in scoring defense. VCU is like the teams we have seen in year’s past as they have a bunch of depth and have been led by their defense that ranks 55th in scoring defense & 3rd in steals per game. Davidson was able to defeat VCU at home in their regular season finale, however, I think the Rams are just the more talented team here and as I expect the Rams to do a better job against Kellan Grady than George Mason did, I think the play here is to take VCU to cover this small spread. Good Luck!