Old Dominion Monarchs vs VCU Rams Prediction, 12/12/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Old Dominion Monarchs vs VCU Rams
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Old Dominion (+9)
The VCU Rams (4-2) play the Old Dominion Monarchs (2-1) at Stuart C. Siegel Center on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have VCU as 9-point favorites. The O/U is set at 137.5.
Old Dominion heads into this one with a record of 2-1 so far this year. They average 77.7 points per game (120th in college hoops) while hitting 43.4% from the floor. The Monarchs are connecting on 28.2% on 3-pointers (20 of 71) and 77.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, Old Dominion is snagging 37.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 42 assists for the season, which is 228th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 9.3 times per contest and as a squad they commit 18.3 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Monarchs are able to force 12.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.3 fouls. They are giving up 45.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 243rd in D-1 in PPG allowed (76.3). The Monarchs defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.8% (80 of 171) and they surrender 33.7 boards per game as a squad. They are 116th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 42 relinquished for the season.
The Old Dominion Monarchs faced the Norfolk State Spartans and took home the win by a score of 80-66 in their last contest. Old Dominion finished the game with a 41.7% FG percentage (25 of 60) and converted 7 of 22 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Monarchs buried 23 of 27 shots for a percentage of 85.2%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they collected a total of 37 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 14 assists for this contest in addition to having 6 steals and 5 blocks. When it comes to defense, Old Dominion let their opponent shoot 41.7% from the floor on 25 of 60. Norfolk State distributed 11 dimes and 6 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Spartans snagged 25 rebounds (2 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Norfolk State went 63.2% from the free throw line by converting 12 of their 19 tries. They also knocked down 8 of their 19 attempts from 3-point land.
A.J. Oliver is a player who was a factor in the matchup. He was able to score 17 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 37 minutes and also totaled 5 rebounds. Oliver ended up shooting 55.6% from the field and dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that played a role in the matchup for the Monarchs was Malik Curry. He had 3 rebounds and also accounted for 5 dimes. He finished the contest at 23.1% from the floor for this contest by hitting 3-of-13 (17 points). When the final whistle was blown, Curry played 36 minutes.
VCU has a mark of 4-2 for the season. The Rams are responsible for committing 20.7 fouls every game and they go 76.0% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 14.8 times per contest (118th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 15.8 times per game. VCU has accumulated 445 pts so far this year (74.2 per contest) and they snag 33.7 boards per game. As an offense, the Rams are shooting 46.5% from the field, which is ranked 141st in the nation. The Rams defensively are ranked 73rd in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 63.2. They have given up 10.7 dimes and 35.0 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 66th and 134th in D-1. The VCU defense gives up 28.4% on 3-point attempts (33 of 116) and opponents are connecting on 68.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 18.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 37.8% from the field (57th in Division 1).
For their last game, the VCU Rams got the victory with a final of 95-59 against the North Carolina A&T Aggies. The Rams corralled 34 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 41 for this game. They also rejected 9 attempts while earning 10 steals in this matchup. The Aggies earned 16 personal fouls in this game which got the Rams to the free throw line for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to make 14 of those for a percentage of 77.8%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, VCU buried 11 out of their 24 tries (45.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Rams finished the game shooting 35 out of 56 from the field which gave them a percentage of 62.5%. The Rams permitted the Aggies to bury 17 out of 58 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 29.3% for this game. They finished shooting 20.0% from three-point range by shooting 4 out of 20 and ended up shooting 21 out of 29 from the charity stripe (72.4%). With respect to rebounds, VCU permitted North Carolina A&T to collect 26 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Nah'Shon Hyland was pivotal for the Rams for the matchup. He converted 11 of 16 in this game for a field goal rate of 68.8%, which gave him 30 points. Hyland snagged 3 rebounds in his 23 mins and accumulated 2 assists in this contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for VCU was Adrian Baldwin. He was able to score 10 points in his 23 minutes played by way of 4 out of 6 shooting in this contest. Baldwin walked away from this one going 66.7% from the floor as well as contributing 5 dimes and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Old Dominion (+9)
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