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Virginia Commonwealth favored by -5 against Richmond on Thursday

Virginia Commonwealth RamsRichmond Spiders
22-7March 06, 2014, 09:00 | Robins Center18-11



The Richmond Spiders will be trying to slam the Virginia Commonwealth Rams on Thursday when the teams tip off at Robins Center in college betting action.

The Spiders bring a 18-11 record (13-14-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 22-7 Rams, who are 14-13 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Richmond go 12-16 so far and the Rams go 11-16.

View Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs Richmond Spiders Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -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(.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Spiders rated this week at No. 196 and the Rams sitting at No. 4.

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Virginia Commonwealth was a 67-56 winner in their most recent outing at home against Saint Louis. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Virginia Commonwealth earned a 67-56 victory over Saint Louis on Saturday, getting 17 points from Treveon Graham at Siegel Center.

In their last action, Richmond was a 66-43 loser on the road against Rhode Island. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Richmond was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Rhode Island and falling by a 66-43 score at Thomas M. Ryan Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Richmond has the nation's No. 200-rated offensive output, at 67.9 PPG. The visiting Rams defense ranks No. 59 allowing on average 66.03 PPG. The Spiders FG% has averaged 42.7% so far, more than the Rams marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.78% per game.

A few Rams at Spiders trends to consider:
Virginia Commonwealth is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Virginia Commonwealth's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Richmond's last 7 games
Richmond is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Richmond is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Richmond is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Virginia Commonwealth


Next up:
Virginia Commonwealth home to St. Bonaventure, Saturday, March 8th
Richmond at Dayton, Saturday, March 8th

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