VCU vs UMass Predictions, College Basketball Picks, Odds 2/26/2020
Game: VCU Rams vs UMass Minutemen
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Location: Mullins Center in Amherst, MA
Odds/Point Spread: UMass +5.5
The VCU Rams travel to Mullins Center to play the UMass Minutemen on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has VCU as 5.5 point favorites.
VCU comes into this game with an overall record of 17-10. They currently have a point differential of 6.3 as they are averaging 71.3 points per game while giving up 65.0 per contest. UMass has an overall mark of 12-15. They are averaging 68.7 points per contest and giving up 71.6, which is a point differential of -2.9.
Valuable VCU Rams Betting Trends
The VCU Rams are 9-18-0 against the spread
The VCU Rams are 13-13-1 against the over/under
Important UMass Minutemen Betting Trends
The UMass Minutemen are 16-10-1 against the spread
The UMass Minutemen are 12-15-0 against the over/under
Key VCU Rams Injuries
02/24/20 F Corey Douglas Foot is out indefinitely
02/24/20 G Marcus Evans Knee is out indefinitely
02/24/20 G Nah'Shon Hyland Hip is questionable
Key UMass Minutemen Injuries
12/19/19 G T.J. Weeks Abdominal is out for season
01/02/20 G John Buggs III ACL is out for season
Marcus Santos-Silva comes into this contest averaging 12.6 points per game while playing 26.7 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 0.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 55%. De'Riante Jenkins averages 10.6 points per game in 26.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.0 assists per contest and 4.1 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 87%.
Tre Mitchell averages 16.8 points per game while playing 30.1 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 6.6 rebounds per game and has 1.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 71%. Carl Pierre averages 12.7 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.4 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
VCU averages 71.3 points per contest this season, which ranks them 176th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 6.3 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 222nd. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 131st in the nation. They average 34.1 rebounds per game and 13.2 assists per game, which ranks them 251st and 172nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 241st with 12.5 per game. The Rams allow 65.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 61st in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 125th and 207th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.7 rebounds a game which ranks 266th and they give up 11.8 assists per contest, which puts them in 109th place in Division 1. They force 17.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 339th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
UMass is 248th in the country with 68.7 points per game this year. They are 230th in Division 1 in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -2.9. They shoot 32% from 3-point range, which is good for 220th in the nation. They are 307th in the NCAA in rebounding with 32.7 boards per game, and 174th in assists per contest with 13.1. The Minutemen are 159th in turnovers per game with 13.4. The Minutemen surrender 71.6 points per contest, which ranks them 237th in D-1. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 322nd and 165th in those defensive statistics. They rank 296th with 14.5 assists allowed per contest and 247th with 36.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Minutemen are 275th in country in forcing turnovers with 14.6 per game.
The Rams have an offensive rating of 101.7, which is ranked 171st. They are 135th in college basketball in pace with 70 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 208th. As a unit they are 203rd in the nation in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 170th in D-1. VCU is 242nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.6 times per 100 possessions.
UMass is 152nd in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.8 times per 100 possessions. The Minutemen are 264th in the country in offensive rating with 97.8. In terms of pace they are 156th in Division 1 with 69.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 224th. As a team they are 242nd in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 39% of their shots, ranking 121st in the nation.
Who will win tonight's VCU/UMass college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take UMass +5.5
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