The VCU Rams (17-10, 7-7 A10) will be at the William D. Mullins Center to go head-to-head with the Massachusetts Minutemen (12-15, 6-8 A10) in an A10 matchup. The game begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
VCU Rams at Massachusetts Minutemen ATS Odds
In their last matchup, the Minutemen defeated the Fordham Rams, 57-49, while the Rams got blown out by the Saint Louis Billikens, 80-62.
Massachusetts played a flawless game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 31.7 (above their season average of 26.6) and a free throw rate of 0.197 (matching their season average). Fordham was 16.3 and 0.121, respectively, for those same stats. VCU, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.300 (above their season average of 0.233). Tre Mitchell played a pivotal role for Massachusetts with 15 points and 19 rebounds. Meanwhile, VCU was lifted by Marcus Santos-Silva, who had 11 points and six rebounds.
The Rams won the lone game between these two teams last season, 68-50. One of VCU’s biggest strengths was getting to the charity stripe. They made 32 trips to the line, while Massachusetts went 17 times. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
The inefficient offense of Massachusetts will face off against the elite defense of VCU. The Minutemen rank 263rd in offensive efficiency, while the Rams are 33rd in defensive efficiency. The Rams figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball.
VCU Rams vs. Massachusetts Minutemen Pick
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Massachusetts, ATS Winner – Massachusetts, O/U – Under
- VCU ranks eighth in steals per game (9.4) while Massachusetts ranks 181st in steals allowed per game (7.1).
- The Rams rank 215th in rebounds per game (34.1) while the Minutemen rank 256th (32.7).
- Massachusetts allows the 27th-fewest three pointers per game (17.9) while VCU ranks 34th (18.5).
- The Rams rank 39th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Minutemen rank 132nd (3.1).
- VCU ranks 135th in assists per game (13.2) while Massachusetts ranks 221st in assists allowed per game (14.5).
- During their last five games, the Rams have scored an average of 64.4 points per game (6.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 71.4 points per game (6.4 above their season average).
- The Minutemen have scored an equal number of points as their opponents. On the season, Massachusetts has lost by an average of 2.9 points.