VCU at UMass: 2/26/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

VCU at UMass: 2/26/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

UMass Minutemen (12-14) vs VCU Rams (19-7)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 4:30 pm (William D. Mullins Center)

Betting Odds: UMass Minutemen +5.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The VCU Rams and UMass Minutemen face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the Mullins Center. 

VCU comes into this game with a 19-7 record overall and they have gone 16-9-1 against the spread. Coming into this game VCU has won six games in a row including the last game against George Mason. VCU was up 39-34 at halftime, and they held on in the second half to come away with the victory. VCU is averaging 65.5 points while their defense is giving up 60.8 points per game. Vince Williams Jr has been the top player for VCU averaging 13 points while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from behind the three point line. 

UMass comes into this game with a 12-14 record overall and they have gone 11-13-2 against the spread. In the last game against Dayton, UMass scored only 61 points, and that led to the 21 defeat. UMass is averaging 75.1 points while their defense is giving up 77.7 points per game. UMass does like to shoot a lot from deep averaging 26.2 attempts per game. Noah Fernandes has been the top player UMass is led by Noah Fernandes who is averaging 13.9 points while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the three point line. There are four different players that are averaging at least 11 points per game. 

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UMass is 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games played on Saturday. The over is 6-0-1 in the Rams last seven games overall. The over is 4-1 in UMass last five games played on Saturday. VCU is 10-2 against the spread in their last 12 road games. The over is 9-2 in UMass last 11 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.

UMass is a terrible defensive team, and they are going to struggle in this game to defend against VCU. Look for VCU to score close to 80 points, and this game is going to get out of hand early. Back VCU against the spread. 

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