The VCU Rams (3-0) will be at home in the Stuart Siegel Center when they clash with the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (1-1). Action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 17, 2019.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks at VCU Rams ATS Preview
The last time the Gamecocks played, they had no trouble getting past the Brescia Bearcats, 125-55. Kayne Henry led Jacksonville State in scoring with 19 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Jacksonville State dominated every stat category in the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.254 and a turnover percentage of 8.8. For those same stats, Brescia was 0.067 and 29.3, respectively.
The Rams come in on a high note after edging the No. 23 LSU Tigers in their last outing, 84-82. VCU was lifted by Marcus Santos-Silva, who led the team in scoring with 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting. The Rams had a much better free throw rate (0.365 vs. 0.217) and had a much better turnover percentage (17.4 vs. 27.8).
Baskets could be hard to come by in this showdown between two of the NCAA’s top defenses. Dating back to last season, VCU ranks second in defensive efficiency (89.9) and Jacksonville State is 36th (95.9). Also, the Gamecocks have been among the nation’s best on the offensive backboards, ranking 40th in offensive rebounding percentage (33.5 percent). The Rams, meanwhile, rank 301st at grabbing defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 68.7 percent.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks at VCU Rams Odds Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – VCU, ATS Winner – VCU, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
VCU ranks 22nd in steals per game (8.3) while Jacksonville State ranks 169th in steals allowed per game (6.5).