Saint Joseph's vs VCU Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/16/24

VCU (21-12) vs Saint Joseph's (21-12)

Game Info: Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 1:00 pm (Barclays Center)

Betting Odds: VCU -2 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The VCU Rams and the St. Joseph’s Hawks will meet in the Semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship this Tuesday in Brooklyn from the Barclays Center on the USA Network. VCU comes in as 2.5-point favorites, with the total hovering 139.5. Stay tuned for our St. Joseph’s vs VCU Prediction.  

Saint Joseph’s Hawks Preview

St. Joseph’s moved to 20-13 after defeating Richmond in the Quarterfinals, 66-61. The Hawks spoiled the regular season champs season, and they’ll attempt to double down on VA here versus VCU. SJU is currently 7th in the A-10 with a 7-7 record in league play, they’re 6-4 over their last ten games, and they’ve posted a 3-7 road record this season.  

St. Joe’s Impact Players

  • Junior guard Erik Reynolds came thru with a team-high 20 points in the win over GWU, and he leads St. Joe’s in scoring (16.6).
  • Freshman guard Xzayvier Brown caught fire with a pair of 27-points versus Loyola and Saint Louis last week, and he’s now up to 12.7 ppg. 
  • Veteran guard Cameron Brown has scored 18 points or more in three of the previous five games, and he’s averaging 11.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg.
  • Philly native Lynn Greer III leads SJU in assists (3.9), while scoring 11.5 ppg, and grabbing 5.0 rpg.
  • Sophomore forward Rasheer Fleming snagged 12 boards in the Duquesne matchup, and he’s first on the team in rebounding (7.2), while scoring 10.9 ppg.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams Preview

Virginia Commonwealth moved to 20-12 after defeating UMass in the Quarterfinals, 73-59. The Rams used a fast start to eliminate the Minutemen, and they’ll attempt to get back to the title game with a win Friday. VCU is currently 4th in the Atlantic 10 with a 11-6 record in conference play, they’re 7-3 over their previous ten games, and they’ve gone 5-3 on the road this season. 

VCU’s Impact Players

  • Utah State transfer Max Shulga leads VCU in scoring (15.0) and assists (3.6), but he missed the Duquesne matchup, and his status for this matchup should be monitored. 
  • Chesterfield native Joe Bamisile has scored 16 points or more in four of the last six games, and he’s second on the team at 14.0 ppg.  
  • Former USU guard Sean Bairstow recorded 16 points in the win over URI, and he’s posting a solid line of 10.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, and 4.4 apg.  

St. Joe’s vs Virginia Commonwealth Game Facts

  • Davidson leads the head-to-head series, 19-3, after winning both meetings this season.  
  • SJU is 14-15 against the spread, with a 11-17-1 O/U record
  • VCU is 13-18 against the spread, with a 17-14 over/under record

St. Joseph’s vs VCU Prediction

Richmond spoiled another Cap City Classic by falling to St. Joe’s, but I believe VCU will get some retribution for their rivals here. The Rams have hit a switch since the start of February, and I like trusting their current momentum versus a streaky Hawks team.

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

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