NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Bulldogs underdogs vs Rams at Virginia Commonwealth
Butler Bulldogs vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Butler Bulldogs travelling to Virginia Commonwealth Saturday to take on the Rams.
The Rams sit at 22-6 (8-13 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bulldogs are currently 22-6 (16-10 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Virginia Commonwealth is 11-10 OU, and Butler is 15-10 OU.
The Bulldogs were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 47-rated Butler taking on the No. 42-rated Rams in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 82-76 win for the Rams on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Virginia Commonwealth has the nation's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 77.4 PPG. The visiting Bulldogs defense ranks No. 91 allowing on average 63.2 PPG. The Rams FG% has averaged 45% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.6% per game.
Defensively, Butler features the nation's No. 79-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.2 points per game. Virginia Commonwealth, meanwhile, comes in at No. 49 nationally in scoring at home.
Butler lost its last outing, a 65-61 result against Saint Louis on February 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. Kellen Dunham scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulldogs to a win (they lost 65-61 to Saint Louis at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday).
In their last action, Virginia Commonwealth was a 75-71 winner on the road against Xavier. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Rams got 19 points from Troy Daniels as Virginia Commonwealth ran past Xavier 75-71 on Saturday at Cintas Center.
Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
After playing Saint Louis are 2-1
After a loss are 9-1
Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Richmond are 8-2
After playing Xavier are 1-1
After a win are 8-2
A few Bulldogs at Rams trends to consider:
Butler is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
Virginia Commonwealth is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Virginia Commonwealth's last 5 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Butler at Massachusetts, Thursday, March 7
Virginia Commonwealth home to Richmond, Wednesday, March 6