VCU Rams vs St. Bonaventure Bonnies Prediction, 3/14/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: VCU Rams vs St. Bonaventure Bonnies
Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021
Location: UD Arena in Dayton, OH
Odds/Point Spread: VCU (+1.5)
UD Arena is the site where and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (15-4) will play the VCU Rams (19-6) on Sunday. VCU opens this matchup as 1.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 128.
VCU comes into this contest with a mark of 19-6 on the campaign. They are turning it over 14.8 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.7 fouls every game. As a unit, VCU is collecting 34.3 rebounds per game and has totaled 338 dimes for the season, which is 121st in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Rams are shooting 32.9% on 3-point shots (162 of 492) and 76.1% from the charity stripe. They average 72.0 points per game (161st in the country) while connecting on 45.3% from the field. On defense, the Rams have forced 17.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.5 personal fouls. They rank 149th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 290 surrendered for the campaign. The Rams defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 40.5% (565 of 1,395) and they concede 34.5 boards per contest as a squad. They give up 30.1% on 3-point attempts while they are 45th in the nation in opponents points per game (64.8).
The VCU Rams played the Davidson Wildcats and went home with a win by a final score of 64-52 in their last game. VCU ended the contest having earned a 47.3% FG percentage (26 of 55) and converted 5 of their 19 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Rams knocked down 7 of their 9 tries for a percentage of 77.8%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 38 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 16 assists for this game while forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 3 steals. In the matter of defense, VCU allowed the other team to go 29.8% from the floor on 17 out of 57 shooting. Davidson earned 14 dimes and had 4 steals for the game. Moreover, Davidson snagged 32 rebounds (14 offensive, 18 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Davidson ended up going 60.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 9 of 15 attempts. They converted 9 of 27 attempts from long range.
Nah'Shon Hyland is one guy who played a role for this game. He finished with 12 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He played for 34 mins played and grabbed 5 rebounds. Hyland finished the contest at 41.7% from the field and also earned 4 assists. Someone else that was a contributor in this matchup for the Rams was Vince Williams. He had 5 rebounds in his 26 min on the court. He finished the game shooting 28.6% from the field in the matchup by shooting 2-of-7 (8 points). When all was said and done, Williams earned 3 assists.
St. Bonaventure has a win-loss mark of 15-4 on the year. St. Bonaventure has earned 1,336 pts for the year (70.3 per contest) and they pull down 37.0 boards per contest. The Bonnies are committing 15.3 fouls per contest and they connect on 72.9% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Bonnies are connecting on 45.1% from the field, which has them ranked 127th in Division 1. They are earning an assist 14.9 times per game (69th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.1 times per game. The Bonnies on the defensive end are ranked 4th in the country in points given up per game with 60.1. The St. Bonaventure defense concedes 30.5% on three-point shots (140 of 459) and opponents are knocking down 64.4% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 12.5 assists and 33.0 total boards per game, which has them ranked 139th and 91st in D-1. They are forcing their opponents into 12.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 38.8% from the field (8th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the St. Bonaventure Bonnies got the win with a final of 71-53 when they played the Saint Louis Billikens. The Bonnies corralled 24 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 32 for the contest. They also coughed up the ball 7 times, while getting 5 steals for the matchup. The Billikens committed 16 fouls for the game which took the Bonnies to the charity stripe for 14 attempts. They were able to make 12 of them for a clip of 85.7%. In terms of shooting from beyond the arc, St. Bonaventure buried 5 of 21 attempts (23.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Bonnies finished 27 out of 57 from the field which had them shooting 47.4%. The Bonnies permitted the Billikens to convert 19 out of 52 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 36.5% for this game. They finished shooting 29.4% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 5 of 17 and ended up going 10 of 14 at the free throw line (71.4%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, St. Bonaventure allowed Saint Louis to get 22 overall (5 on the offensive glass).
Jalen Adaway ended up being a major contributor for the Bonnies for the matchup. He converted 7 out of 13 in this game for a field goal rate of 53.8%, and had 7 rebounds. Adaway earned 17 points in his 35 mins on the court and accumulated 2 dimes in the matchup. One more player that ended being a contributor for St. Bonaventure was Jaren Holmes. He wrapped the game up with 3 dimes in his 40 mins on the hardwood, and he put in 4 out of 13 from the floor. Holmes walked away from this one going 30.8% from the floor while also earning 15 points and 7 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take VCU (+1.5)
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