Featured Video from Scott Reichel
Where: Stuart C Siegel Center
When: Friday, November 8, 2019, 7:00 pm ET
We have a Men’s NCAA matchup to consider when the North Texas Mean Green meets the #25 ranked VCU Rams for a Friday night matchup. The Mean Green opened its season with a 79-40 stomping over Edmund Trition and the Rams got past St Francis by a score of 72-58 for its first win of the season.
Mean Green Open Season with WinNorth Texas opened its season with a much-needed thrashing over Edmund on Tuesday night. After last season’s collapse, the 79-40 whipping must have felt really good to the Mean Green. Junior forward Thomas Bell came off the bench to score 16 points with four points. Junior forward Zachary Simmons finished with 14 points and six boards for North Texas. Sophomore guard Umoja Gibson scored a dozen points and a pair of rebounds for the 1-0 Mean Green.
The Mean Green shot 61.2 percent from the field, 50 percent from long range and 55.6 percent from the charity stripe. North Texas held a 39-19 rebounding edge and committed 20 turnovers in their season opener. They will need all that and more on Friday against VCU.
Rams Open Season with a WinThe #25 ranked Rams looked solid in its home-opening win over St Francis. They jumped out to an early, first-half lead and never looked back. Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silver led the way with 21 points and 18 rebounds for a monster night. Senior guard De’Riante Jenkins added 16 points with four rebounds and a pair of assists. Senior guard Marcus Evans scored 12 points with four dimes and VCU went to 1-0 on the season.
VCU shot 49 percent from the field, 23 percent from downtown and 60 percent from the free-throw line. Those shooting numbers aren’t great but they outrebounded St Francis 42-39 and that likely saved them as they did commit 18 turnovers.
The supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are
- Mean Green Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
North Texas is better than people think and maybe VCU is a bit over-rated. That's too many points to lay for a Mean Green team that has a history of playing defense the way that they do. We have two very good frontcourts and it will be interesting to see them compete against each other. VCU did not shoot the ball well in its opener and they might have a tough time shooting with North Texas defenders with a hand in their face.
I will take the points and play North Texas to cover.
Prediction: North Texas +16.5 Points
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams have really good frontcourt scoring and they both average over 12 assists per game. Neither side plays very fast but North texas got to the line 18 times in their first game and VCU landed at the charity stripe 25 times and look for much of the same Friday night. They'll be scoring with the clock off and this one goes over the total.
I will play OVER the total.
Prediction: Over 135.5 Points