Lehigh Mountain Hawks face Virginia Commonwealth Rams: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats
Lehigh Mountain Hawks vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds
The Virginia Commonwealth Rams will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Siegel Center in NCAA basketball action.
Virginia Commonwealth battles the Mountain Hawks, currently sitting with a 9-3 mark (2-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-5 for the Rams and 0-1 for the Mountain Hawks.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 15-rated Rams and the No. 226-ranked Mountain Hawks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 94-83 result in favor of the Rams.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Virginia Commonwealth has the nation's No. 18-rated offensive output, at 79.9 PPG. The visiting Mountain Hawks defense ranks No. 279 allowing on average 71.7 PPG. The Rams FG% has averaged 45.8% so far, less than the Mountain Hawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.2% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Lehigh owns the country's No. 292-rated mark, allowing 77 points per game on the highway. Virginia Commonwealth, on the other hand, rates No. 75 in scoring at home.
Lehigh lost its last outing, an 80-79 result against Bryant on December 29. Lehigh got 34 points from C.J. McCollum en route to an 80-79 loss at the hands of Lehigh on Saturday at Stabler Arena.
In their last action, Virginia Commonwealth was a 109-58 winner on the road against East Tennessee State. Virginia Commonwealth cruised to victory on Wednesday, running East Tennessee State out of the gym and running up a 109-58 score at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
After playing East Tennessee State are 0-2
After a win are 8-2
A few Mountain Hawks at Rams trends to consider:
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Lehigh home to Muhlenberg, Tuesday, January 8
Virginia Commonwealth home to Dayton, Wednesday, January 9