It will be a battle between A10 opponents when the VCU Rams (16-6, 6-3 A10) welcome the Davidson Wildcats (11-10, 5-4 A10) to the Stuart Siegel Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 7, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Davidson Wildcats at VCU Rams Free Prediction
The Wildcats come in on a high note after thoroughly outplaying the Massachusetts Minutemen in their last game, 85-50. Davidson’s 0.279 free throw rate was their largest advantage over Massachusetts, who had a rate of 0.103. The Wildcats’ mark was above their season average of 0.209, while the Minutemen’s was below their season average of 0.223. Davidson was led by Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who finished with 15 points and seven assists.
The last time the Rams played, they lost to the Rhode Island Rams, 87-75. Getting to the free throw line was one of Rhode Island’s largest strengths. They had 33 free throw attempts, while VCU had 18. With 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting, Nah’Shon Hyland was VCU’s leading scorer.
After the Wildcats won the lone contest against the Rams last season, 64-57, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Davidson had a much better turnover percentage (12.4 vs. 17.9). VCU, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (23.5 vs. 19.4).
Based on historical performance heading into this one, ball protection could play an integral role in this contest. Davidson commits the 41st-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 16.8 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of VCU forces the eighth-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 25.4 percent).
Davidson at VCU ATS Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – VCU, O/U – Over
VCU ranks eighth in steals per game (9.5) while Davidson ranks 164th (5.9).
The Rams rank 26th in blocks per game (4.7) while the Wildcats rank 163rd (2.5).
VCU ranks 42nd in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while Davidson ranks 113th (21.0).
The Rams rank 199th in rebounds per game (34.4) while the Wildcats rank 244th (32.8).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 14.2, up from 5.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rams have scored an average of 80.4 points per game (7.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.6 points per game (5.1 above their season average).