VCU Rams (4-3) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (5-2)

CBB: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, 7:00PM @ Siegel Center MASN

Pick: Old Dominion +3

FREE CBB PICK VCU VS. OLD DOMINION

The Old Dominion Monarchs sit at an impressive 5-2 record after a win against the Maryland Eastern-Shore Hawks by 39 points.  They took a 13-point lead heading into the second half and didn’t look back from there.  The opponents were held to just 26.3 percent from the field and 7-for-29 from beyond the arc.  In the rebounding department, the Monarchs were also dominant, outrebounding Maryland 56-32.  B.J. Stith led the way for the Monarchs with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals.  Old Dominion is shooting 44.8 percent from the field on the season, notching an average of 69.7 points per game along the way.  They also sit at 5.7 three-pointers per game on 31.3 percent.  B.J. Stith was right around his averages last contest, and Ahmad Caver has been effective with 11.9 points and 5.4 assists per game.  Randy Haynes (10.6-2.7-2.3) and Trey Porter (11.3-5.4-1.7 bpg) have also contributed to the success of the team.  Old Dominion is holding opponents to 59.6 points per game on just 38.1 percent from the field.

Eclipsing the .500 mark in their last game, the 4-3 VCU Rams look to keep it going after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers by 13 a few days ago.  Despite a high-scoring first half, VCU kicked it up a notch on defense in the second half and pulled away after an 11-2 run.  To help their success, they forced the Mountaineers to commit 19 turnovers on the game.  Jonathan Williams stuffed the stat sheet for the Rams with 18 points, 4 boards, 7 assists, 4 steals and a block.  The team is averaging 81 ppg on the season on a 47.2 percent clip and are averaging 9.1 three-pointers on 39.8 percent from that distance.  Justin Tillman leads the team with 13.7-7.6-1.3 bpg averages, with De’Riante Jenkins (13.0-4.3-2.6-1.9 spg) and Khris Lane (11.9-4.7 rpg) making key contributions.  On Defense, the Rams are allowing 75.6 points per contest on 45.4 percent shooting.

FREE CBB PREDICTION VCU VS. OLD DOMINION

The duo of Ahmad Caver and B.J. Stith for Old Dominion has been a huge part of the team’s success thus far.  Additionally, the team as a whole has been really good on offense, especially from beyond the arc.  The Rams, on the other hand, haven’t been as strong defensively.  They managed to pull away from Appalachian State in their last game, but the defense was an issue for at least the first half or so.  One advantage VCU does have is that they are playing at home, which is definitely helpful in terms of their slight defensive struggles.  The Monarchs are 3-point favorites to win this one, but I think Old Dominion has enough weapons to cover the points in a road game.

Pick: Old Dominion +3