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George Washington Colonials vs. VCU Rams NCAAB: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST
In Atlantic 10 Saturday action at the Stuart C. Siegel Center the VCU Rams play host to the George Washington Colonials. This is the lone matchup between these teams this season and VCU (17-11 7-8 A10) looks to snap their five-game skid against a George Washington (12-16 6-9 A10) team that has lost two in a row.
Can Colonials Make it Three in a Row?George Washington is only 3-7 on the road this season but even though they have lost two in a row both those games were at home and they have won their last two road games. In their last game, they lost to Richmond 73-70 where they covered the spread as a 7.5-point home underdog, and they have covered in three of their last four games. In the loss to Richmond, the Colonials shot a better FG% (49% to 42.4%) but only shot 50% from the free-throw line and had 15 turnovers.
GW is one of the lower scoring teams in the nation only ranking 321st putting up an average of 67.1 ppg. However, the team does have four players averaging in double figures led by Armel Potter (14.8 ppg), who had 17 points and 12 assists in the loss to Richmond and has totaled 36 points over his last two games.
Maceo Jack (12.1 ppg) is the second leading scorer and has averaged 18.8 ppg over his last four games.
Offense for the Rams Has WitheredVCU is led by their defense and while averaging 70.6 ppg on the season in their five-game skid they have only averaged 60.2 ppg. In their last game, they put up the lowest points total they have in their five-game losing streak in their 60-52 road loss to UMASS. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point road favorite and not only has the team lost five in a row, but they have failed to cover the spread in those five games. In the loss to UMASS they got off to a good start but were outscored 32-19 in the second half and for the game only shot 31.6% from the floor. On the season VCU is 13-3 at home but they have lost their last two games in their house.
Marcus Santos-Silva (12.2 ppg) leads the Rams in scoring and rebounding and Is one of only two players averaging in double figures. He has gone for a double-double in three of his last four games and had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to UMASS. De'Riante Jenkins (10.7 ppg) has totaled 23 points and 12 boards in his last two games.
According to the betting trends from Covers.com, the VCU Rams are:
According to the betting trends from Covers.com, the George Washington Colonials are:
- 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games against VCU
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games against VCU
- 3-11 ATS in their last 14 February games
- 7-13 ATS in their last 20 Saturday games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
VCU has really struggled on the offensive side of the floor in their five-game losing streak where they have only averaged 60.2 ppg. Their D has not been bad, and they face a George Washington team that has lost two in a row but has won their last two road games. I look for VCU to bounce back in this game and their offense will not light it up, but they will score nearer to their season average of 70.6 ppg. The Colonials have lost two in a row, but they did give Richmond, who has 21 wins, a scare in their last game. Still, at home, the Rams will get back on track playing a solid game and while it will be pretty close they will still win and cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
Going on a limb and taking the Over in this game even though VCU has really had issues scoring the rock in their five-game losing streak. They will bounce back and shoot pretty well in this game at home facing a George Washington team that has lost two in a row. The Colonials have given up 72 and 73 points, respectively, in their last two games and they will give up more in this game. The Rams will come out charging in this game and they will push the envelope trying to ignite their offense, which they will be successful at. In this A10 matchup, the Under is the pick.