The Atlantic 10 Conference Tourney meeting between the VCU Rams (18-13, 8-10 A10) and the Massachusetts Minutemen (14-17, 8-10 A10) will be played at Barclays Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 136 points with VCU opening as a 7.5-point favorite. Action gets underway at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and it can be seen on NBC Sports Network.
VCU Rams vs. Massachusetts Minutemen ATS Preview
The last time the Rams played, they fell to the Davidson Wildcats, 75-65. They failed to cover as 5-point underdogs. With 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting, Nah’Shon Hyland was VCU’s high scorer. Davidson made good use of their 25 trips to the free throw line, making 22 of them (88.0 percent). VCU, meanwhile, was 8-11 (72.7 percent). The two teams combined to put up 140 points, which came in over the projected point total of 136.5.
Although the Minutemen were topped by the Rhode Island Rams in their last outing, 64-63, they did cover as 3-point underdogs. Tre Mitchell was the top scorer from either team with 34 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Rhode Island had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.3 (above their season average of 30.3). Massachusetts, on the other hand, did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (18-21; 85.7 percent). Combined, the two squads scored 127 points, which came in well under the projected point total of 144.5.
The inefficient offense of Massachusetts (253rd in the nation with an offensive efficiency of 99.2) will go head-to-head against the top-notch defense of VCU (41st in the country with a defensive efficiency of 94.6). The Rams should have the edge on that side of the ball.
Of VCU’s 31 games, 16 have finished under the projected point total, while 18 of Massachusetts’ 31 games have finished under the O/U total. The Rams hold the significant advantage straight up (SU) (18-13 vs. 14-17), but the Minutemen have the superior against the spread (ATS) record (19-11-1 vs. 10-21).
VCU Rams vs. Massachusetts Minutemen Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Massachusetts, ATS Winner – Massachusetts, O/U – Over
Massachusetts ranks 11th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while VCU ranks 106th (3.2).
Massachusetts is 13-2-1 ATS at home, while VCU is 3-10 ATS on the road.
Massachusetts is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Across its past five outings, VCU is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Minutemen have outscored opponents by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. For the season, Massachusetts has lost by an average of 2.7 points.
During their last five games, the Rams have scored an average of 66.2 points per game (4.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.2 points per game (4.0 above their season average).