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VCU vs Richmond Pick & Preview: Friday, January 20th Betting Odds
Rams vs Spiders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: VCU Rams at Richmond Spiders
- Where: Richmond at Robins Center
- Date: Friday, January 20th
- Betting Odds: VCU -1.5, VCU -126 | RICH +103 O/U 131.5
The VCU Rams head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 14-5. On the road, the Rams will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 2-3. This season, VCU has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 13-3. For today’s contest, VCU has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
VCU’s leading scorer this season is Brandon Johns Jr., who is averaging 12.5 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 16.61% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.83 rebounds per game and 0.61 assists. Jamir Watkins is the second leading scorer for the Rams, averaging 10.21 points per game. Between him and Watkins, they are accounting for 30.9% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for VCU this season, as they are currently ranked 356th in college basketball at 66.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Rams’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 229th in the NCAA.
Richmond heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-8. Currently, the Spiders have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 9-1. So far, the Spiders have been the underdog 9 times, going 3-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Richmond will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tyler Burton who is averaging 19.58 points per game for the Spiders. Burton is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Spiders’ offensive game plan is the play of Jason Nelson who has hit 39.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.11 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Richmond this season, as they are currently ranked 181st in college basketball at 71.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Spiders’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.8%, placing them 272nd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: VCU Rams -1.5
Heading into tip-off for this matchup between the Richmond Spiders and VCU Rams, our analysis shows that VCU will look to make up for their disadvantage from beyond the arc, by pounding the ball inside. For the season, the VCU’s offense is doing an excellent job at generating opportunities from the charity stripe. Look for this trend to continue, in what should be a strong offensive effort for VCU. In today’s game, we feel good laying the points with the Rams.
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