VA Commenwealth


Richmond +8.5 Point Spread

Over 140 Game Totals

Against the Spread Pick

The Spiders saw their three-game winning streak come to an end when they were beat by the Dayton Flyers this past weekend. The loss dropped them to 5-2 in the Atlantic-10, yet Richmond remains a potential A-10 title contender. On the other side is VCU, who have won three games in a row since their road loss to Dayton. They are another team looking to improve their resume and could potentially get into the Big Dance regardless of if they win their conference tournament. The problem with the Rams is they are not doing a good job at covering at home. They are 11-1 straight up, but only 4-8 against the spread. For these teams being somewhat evenly matched, laying the price posted with VCU is not something I want to do. That said, I will take the Spiders to keep this one within reach.

Over Under Pick

The total in this game is 140 and the over is where I will be looking. VCU will look to push the pace like they usually do, looking to create turnovers for easy baskets. On the other side, Richmond is averaging 76 points per game on the road, so they have been able to score consistently no matter where they play. Head to head, the over is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings. I like this to be a fast tempo game with scoring back and forth all the way through. This is a play you should bet light, but it is a lean to the over.