VCU vs UMass Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/20/24

UMass (16-9) vs VCU (17-8)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Mullins Center)

Betting Odds: UMass Minutemen -1 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The VCU Rams and the UMass Minutemen meet Tuesday in college basketball action from Mullins Center. VCU is sitting at 17-8 so far. The Rams beat Saint Louis in their last game. As for UMass, they’re 16-9 after a loss to La Salle over the weekend. Let’s get into our VCU vs. UMass prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

VCU Rams

The Rams hit a 13-8 run over their first 21 games this year, losing to McNeese, Iowa State, Boise State, Norfolk State, Memphis, St. Bonaventure, George Washington and St. Bonaventure again in that time. VCU has beaten Richmond, Fordham, Dayton and Saint Louis since then, however.

In the Saint Louis matchup on Friday, the Rams held a seven-point lead by the break. VCU kept it up in the second half with a 53-50 run and powered out the win 95-85 in the end. Leading team scorer Joe Bamisile came off the bench to post 27 points with three rebounds.

UMass Minutemen

Over on the UMass side, they fell to Harvard, Towson, Georgia Tech, Dayton, Rhode Island, Loyola and Saint Joseph’s in their first 19 outings. The Minutemen are 4-2 in their last six games, taking wins over Saint Louis, George Mason, Rhode Island and Richmond in that time.

In their last game on Saturday versus La Salle, UMass fell back into the loss column. The Minutemen were down 51-41 by halftime and ended up falling 82-81 despite a comeback effort in the second. Josh Cohen topped the team in the losing effort with 21 points and 13 rebounds.


I’ll try UMass in this one. You could make a case either way, though; we should have a fun matchup here. The Minutemen are coming off a tough road loss to La Salle, shooting a tepid 42.4 percent from the field with a 37-35 rebounding deficit. The good news is that UMass hasn’t scored too badly lately with 69 or more points in four straight (a 2-2 run).

As for VCU, they’ve given up fewer than 68 points in nine of their last 10 games (a 9-1 run). Points for the Minutemen may be hard to come by in this one, but with the home environment I like UMass to power out the cover/win in the end. I could easily see the Rams controlling things here however, so I’m probably not touching this one.

Andrew’s Pick UMass Minutemen -1

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