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Virginia Commonwealth favored by 10 against Saint Joseph's on Thursday

Saint Joseph's HawksVirginia Commonwealth Rams
Jan 17, 9:00 PM | Siegel Center

Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds


The Virginia Commonwealth Rams hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Saint Joseph's Hawks pay a visit to Siegel Center on the college basketball betting menu.

This season, the Rams are 14-3 overall and 5-5 ATS ATS, while the Hawks are 9-5 and 5-6 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Virginia Commonwealth boasts a 3-7 on the OU, and Saint Joseph's is 4-5.

View Saint Josephs vs Virginia Commonwealth Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Rams in this one found them listed as 10-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Hawks was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 16-ranked Rams and the No. 84-rated Hawks in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 86-73 win for the Rams on Thursday.


How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Virginia Commonwealth's No. 25-ranked scoring average of 77.9 PPG, against a Hawks defense rated No. 109 and allowing 63.4 PPG. The Rams FG% has averaged 45.3% to date this season, more than the Hawks shooters have managed so far (43.2% per game).

Defensively, Saint Joseph's features the nation's No. 49-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.5 points per game. Virginia Commonwealth, meanwhile, comes in at No. 82 nationally in scoring at home.

Saint Joseph's won its last outing, a 74-66 result against Duquesne on January 12. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. The Hawks got 16 points from Langston Galloway as Saint Joseph's ran past Duquesne 74-66 on Saturday at A.J. Palumbo Center.

Virginia Commonwealth was a 72-65 winner in their most recent outing on the road against St. Bonaventure. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites. Virginia Commonwealth got 17 points from Treveon Graham en route to a 72-65 victory over St. Bonaventure on Saturday at Reilly Center.

Saint Joseph's Hawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Pennsylvania are 6-4
After playing Duquesne are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After a win are 10-0

A few Hawks at Rams trends to consider:
Saint Joseph's is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Saint Joseph's at Pennsylvania, Saturday, January 19
Virginia Commonwealth at Duquesne, Saturday, January 19