VCU vs UMass Predictions, College Basketball Picks, Odds 3/12/2020
Game: VCU Rams vs UMass Minutemen
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: UMass +6.5
The VCU Rams travel to Barclays Center to play the UMass Minutemen on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The opening line for this matchup has VCU as 6.5 point favorites.
VCU comes into this game with an overall record of 18-13. They currently have a point differential of 5.6 as they are averaging 70.7 points per game while giving up 65.2 per contest. UMass has an overall record of 14-17. They are averaging 68.5 points per game and surrendering 71.2, good for a point differential of -2.7.
Valuable VCU Rams Betting Trends
The VCU Rams are 10-21-0 against the spread
The VCU Rams are 15-15-1 against the over/under
Important UMass Minutemen Betting Trends
The UMass Minutemen are 19-11-1 against the spread
The UMass Minutemen are 14-17-0 against the over/under
Key VCU Rams Injuries
03/11/20 F Issac Vann Calf left last game, is questionable Thursday vs Massachusetts
03/02/20 G Vince Williams Calf is out indefinitely
02/29/20 G De'Riante Jenkins Personal is out indefinitely
02/24/20 F Corey Douglas Foot is out indefinitely
Key UMass Minutemen Injuries
12/19/19 G T.J. Weeks Abdominal is out for season
03/11/20 C Djery Baptiste Knee is questionable Thursday vs Va Commonwealth
01/02/20 G John Buggs III ACL is out for season
Marcus Santos-Silva comes into this contest averaging 12.8 points per game while playing 27.2 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 8.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 0.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 55%. Marcus Evans averages 9.8 points per game in 23.6 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.8 assists per contest and 1.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 37% for the year while his free throw percentage is 74%.
Tre Mitchell averages 17.7 points per game while playing 30.8 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 7.2 rebounds per game and has 1.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is at 73%. Carl Pierre averages 12.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.4 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 37% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Useful Team Statistics
VCU averages 70.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 188th in the NCAA. Their average scoring margin is 5.6 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 200th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 105th in the nation. They average 33.5 rebounds per game and 13.2 assists per game, which ranks them 276th and 170th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 247th with 12.4 per game. The Rams allow 65.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 56th in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 136th and 215th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.2 rebounds a game which ranks 257th and they give up 11.9 assists per contest, which puts them in 115th place in Division 1. They force 17.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 339th in D-1.
Useful Team Statistics
UMass is 256th in the country with 68.5 points per game this year. They are 236th in Division 1 in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -2.7. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 202nd in the nation. They are 311th in the NCAA in rebounding with 32.5 boards per game, and 161st in assists per contest with 13.3. The Minutemen are 167th in turnovers per game with 13.1. The Minutemen surrender 71.2 points per contest, which ranks them 226th in D-1. Their defense allows a 46% shooting percentage and a 33% average from 3-point range, ranking them 305th and 170th in those defensive statistics. They rank 302nd with 14.5 assists allowed per contest and 248th with 36.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Minutemen are 254th in country in forcing turnovers with 14.2 per game.
The Rams have an offensive rating of 101.8, which is ranked 174th. They are 173rd in college basketball in pace with 69.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 187th. As a unit they are 189th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 183rd in D-1. VCU is 231st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.6 times per 100 possessions.
UMass is 151st in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.7 times per 100 possessions. The Minutemen are 253rd in the country in offensive rating with 98.2. In terms of pace they are 174th in Division 1 with 69.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 210th. As a team they are 226th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 108th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's VCU/UMass college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take UMass +6.5
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