NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Monarchs underdogs vs Rams at Old Dominion
Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs Old Dominion Monarchs Odds
The visiting Virginia Commonwealth Rams hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Ted Constant Center against the Old Dominion Monarchs.
The Monarchs sit at 1-7 (1-4 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Rams are currently 5-3 (2-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Old Dominion is 2-0 OU, and Virginia Commonwealth is 2-3 OU.
The visitors opened as 13.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Monarchs - Rams odds would favor the Rams if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Old Dominion is rated No. 220 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Virginia Commonwealth is at No. 3. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 80-59 win for the Rams.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Old Dominion's No. 268-ranked offense, averaging 62.5 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 79 at 60.6 PPG. The Monarchs field goal percentage has averaged 39.5% so far, less than the Rams marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.5% per game.
Defensively, Virginia Commonwealth features the nation's No. 48-rated defense on the road, allowing 60.5 points per game. Old Dominion, meanwhile, comes in at No. 300 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Virginia Commonwealth was a 75-65 winner at home against Belmont. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites. The Rams grabbed a 75-65 win over the Bruins on Saturday, behind a 19-point effort from Treveon Graham at Siegel Center.
Last time out for Old Dominion, they were an 80-53 loser as they battled Richmond at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. The Monarchs were hammered by Richmond on Tuesday, losing by an 80-53 final at Ted Constant Center in college basketball betting action.
Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Alabama are 1-1
After a win are 7-3
Old Dominion Monarchs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Central Florida are 0-2
After playing Richmond are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few Rams at Monarchs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Virginia Commonwealth's last 11 games when playing on the road against Old Dominion
Virginia Commonwealth is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Old Dominion
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Old Dominion's last 11 games when playing at home against Virginia Commonwealth
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Old Dominion's last 21 games when playing Virginia Commonwealth
Old Dominion is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Virginia Commonwealth
Old Dominion is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games when playing at home against Virginia Commonwealth
Virginia Commonwealth home to Alabama, Saturday, December 15
Old Dominion home to Central Florida, Friday, December 14