Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Runnin’ Bulldogs versus the Rams? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, VA. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 136.5 points, and the Rams are favored to win at home vs. the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

GARDNER-WEBB RUNNIN’ BULLDOGS VS VCU RAMS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs +11.5

This game will be played at Stuart C. Siegel Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.

WHY BET THE GARDNER-WEBB RUNNIN’ BULLDOGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Rams.
  • Even though we have VCU winning straight-up, we like Gardner-Webb at +11.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can the Runnin’ Bulldogs Grab a Win in Richmond?

After playing 14 games, Gardner-Webb has a current record of 5-9. In their last ten road games, which includes last year, Gardner-Webb has a record of 1-9. Heading into their game against VCU, Gardner-Webb holds a 7-4 ATS record. When playing away, the Runnin’ Bulldogs are 5-3 vs. the spread, while they are 2-1 at home ATS.

Gardner-Webb’s games have, on average, featured 145 points per game leading to an over/under record of 7-4-0. Their average over/under line is currently 141.6 points so far. The Runnin’ Bulldogs’ last five games have finished with a combined 148 points per game and an over/under record of 3-1.

Gardner-Webb’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 90 points against Akron. They had an overall field goal percentage of 45.5% and made 18/24 free throws. Currently leading the team in scoring is Julien Soumaoro who comes into today’s matchup averaging 14.6. Caleb Robinson also heads into the game with a PPG average of 13.4.

So far, the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ defense is ranked 155th in the country at 71.9 points per contest. In today’s game vs. VCU, the Gardner-Webb defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Gardner-Webb made 30 free-throws vs. the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

Will the VCU Defense Show Up at Home?

Today, VCU will face Gardner-Webb for their 13th game of the season. They currently have a 7-5 record. In away games, the Rams are 0-1, while they are 7-4 at home this year. Examining VCU’s ATS performance, they currently hold a 6-6 record heading into today’s game. Analyzing their performance in the last five games, they have a 2-3 record vs. the spread.

In 12 games, VCU comes in with an over/under mark of 5-7-0, with their games averaging 138.4 points per game. The Rams’ last five games have culminated with an average of 144 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

The VCU offense is coming off a game in which they scored 75 points vs. Maryland Eastern Shore. Overall their field goal percentage was 49.1% while connecting on 7 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Max Shulga with 14 points. Joe Bamisile also added 13 points for the Rams.

Coming into today’s game, the VCU defense is giving up an average of 65.8 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.8 threes per game vs. Gardner-Webb. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 28.9%.