VCU vs UMass Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/14/24

UMass (20-10) vs VCU (20-12)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Barclays Center)

Betting Odds: UMass +1.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The VCU Rams and UMass Minutemen meet Thursday in the college basketball Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinal at the Barclays Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a VCU Rams vs UMass Minutemen prediction.

VCU Rams Betting Preview

The VCU Rams recently lost to Duquesne and Dayton and beat Fordham. The VCU Rams are averaging 72.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 67.6 points on 41 percent shooting. Max Shulga is averaging 15 points and 4.9 rebounds, while Joe Bamisile is averaging 13.9 points and 0.5 assists. Zeb Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Sean Bairstow is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The VCU Rams are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The VCU Rams are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game.

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UMass Minutemen Betting Preview

The UMass Minutemen recently beat George Washington, Davidson, and Fordham. The UMass Minutemen are averaging 78.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Josh Cohen is averaging 16 points and 6.9 rebounds, while Matt Cross is averaging 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds. Rahsool Diggins is the third double-digit scorer and Keon Thompson is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The UMass Minutemen are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The UMass Minutemen are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game.

VCU Rams vs UMass Minutemen prediction

Bettors have moved this line a lot in the direction of the VCU Rams, and I'm just not buying it. The UMass Minutemen smoked VCU a few weeks ago by a score of 74-52, and they have the rest advantage heading into this game. We also can't ignore VCU heading into the tournament on a 3 game losing streak and the defense looking shaky at best. UMass enters the tournament playing well, and that includes wins in 7 of its last 10 games. I'll fade the public and grab the free bucket with the Minutemen.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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