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Virginia Commonwealth Rams take on Buccaneers in NCAA basketball test

Virginia Commonwealth RamsEast Tennessee State Buccaneers
Jan 2, 7:00 PM | ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center

Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs East Tennessee State Buccaneers Odds

10-3TEAM RECORD2-10

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will hit the floor running against the visiting Virginia Commonwealth Rams Wednesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Buccaneers currently sports a 2-10 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-2 ATS. The Rams are 10-3 and 4-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Buccaneers produce a 1-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Rams have gone 3-5 against the number.

View Virginia Commonwealth vs East Tennessee State Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Buccaneers sit at No. 311 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rams sit at No. 15 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Rams will win this game 84-54.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up East Tennessee State's No. 334 nationally ranked offense (57 points per game) against a Rams defense that sits as the No. 56 at 59.7 PPG. The Buccaneers have been averaging 37% from the field, less than the Rams have managed so far this season (45% on average).

Defensively, Virginia Commonwealth features the nation's No. 63-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.7 points per game. East Tennessee State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 316 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Virginia Commonwealth was a 96-67 winner at home against Fairleigh Dickinson. Virginia Commonwealth cruised to victory on Saturday, running Fairleigh Dickinson out of the gym and running up a 96-67 score at Siegel Center.

East Tennessee State lost its last outing, a 67-49 result against San Francisco on December 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point underdog. Jarvis Jones scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Buccaneers to a win (they lost 67-49 to San Francisco at Stan Sheriff Center on Tuesday).

Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Rams at Buccaneers trends to consider:
Virginia Commonwealth is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games on the road

Next up:
Virginia Commonwealth home to Lehigh, Saturday, January 5
East Tennessee State at Lipscomb, Saturday, January 5