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Alabama Crimson Tide 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 Alabama Crimson Tide at Siegel Center in NCAA basketball action.
The Rams sport records of 6-3 and 2-4 ATS heading into this battle, while the Crimson Tide have 6-2 and 3-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-3 for the Rams and 2-3 for the Crimson Tide.
The Rams were listed as 7-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Rams at No. 15 and the Crimson Tide at No. 45 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 79-78 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. 69-rated offensive output, at 74.7 PPG. The visiting Crimson Tide defense ranks No. 38 allowing on average 58.1 PPG. The Rams FG% has averaged 44.6% so far, less than the Crimson Tide marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Alabama owns the country's No. 36-rated mark, allowing 60 points per game on the highway. Virginia Commonwealth, on the other hand, rates No. 160 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Alabama, they were an 81-76 loser as they battled Dayton at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. Alabama got 16 points from Trevor Lacey but lost anyway, 81-76, to Dayton on Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum.
Last time out for Virginia Commonwealth, they were an 83-70 winner as they battled Old Dominion on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 15.5-point favorite. Troy Daniels scored 24 points leading the Rams to an 83-70 victory over Old Dominion at Ted Constant Center on Friday.
Alabama Crimson Tide Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Dayton are 1-0
After a loss are 4-6
Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Western Kentucky are 2-3
After playing Old Dominion are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
A few Crimson Tide at Rams trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Alabama's last 5 games on the road
Alabama is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home
Virginia Commonwealth is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
Alabama at Texas Tech, Wednesday, December 19
Virginia Commonwealth home to Western Kentucky, Tuesday, December 18