Looking to win big? The Spartans and Rams face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Rams are hosting the game at Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, VA. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 135.5 points, with the Rams being the favored team playing at home against the Spartans.


The Pick: Norfolk State Spartans +13

This game will be played at Stuart C. Siegel Center at 7:00 ET on Friday, December 1st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Rams.
  • Even though we have VCU winning straight-up, we like Norfolk State at +13.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Will the Spartans Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

Norfolk State will be playing their ninth game of the season with a 5-3 overall record. If they win today, they will bring their road record to an even 1-1. As of today’s game, Norfolk State holds a 3-3 ATS record. In terms of away games, the Spartans are 2-1 vs. the spread, while at home they are 1-2 ATS.

In eight games, Norfolk State comes in with an over/under mark of 3-3-0, with their games averaging 142.3 points per game. In their most recent three games, the Spartans’ over/under record is 2-1, with their games averaging 146 points per game.

The Norfolk State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 96 points vs. William & Mary. Overall their field goal percentage was 53.6% while connecting on 12 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Jamarii Thomas who comes into today’s matchup averaging 18. Allen Betrand also heads into the game with a PPG average of 10.5.

Coming into today’s game, the Norfolk State defense is giving up an average of 67.6 points per contest. Against William & Mary in their most recent game, the Norfolk State defense gave up a total of 62 points while allowing William & Mary to hit 53% of their shots.

Will VCU Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

VCU has a 4-3 record overall and is preparing for their 8th game of the season. In away games, the Rams are 0-1, while they have a 4-2 record at home. As VCU gets ready to face Norfolk State, their ATS record stands at 4-3. In their previous five games, they have a 4-1 record vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving VCU have had an average of 134 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 139.3 points. Their over/under record is 2-5-0. The Rams have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 133 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

Coming off their recent game, the VCU offense tallied 86 points in a matchup against Penn State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 53.8%, and they made 8 threes. One area that the VCU offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 137th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 45%.

The Rams’ defense is presently ranked 48th nationally, allowing an average of 64.9 points per contest. Against Penn State in their most recent game, the VCU defense gave up a total of 74 points while allowing Penn State to hit 53% of their shots.