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College basketball point spread favors Minutemen in battle with Rams

Virginia Commonwealth RamsMassachusetts Minutemen
20-6February 21, 2014, 07:00 | Mullins Center20-5

The Virginia Commonwealth Rams will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Minutemen in Massachusetts at Mullins Center on Friday in college basketball action.

This season, the Minutemen are 20-5 overall and 14-10-1 ATS, while the Rams are 20-6 and 12-12 ATS. As for the totals, Massachusetts boasts a 10-15 on the OU, and Virginia Commonwealth is 9-15.

View Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs Massachusetts Minutemen Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Minutemen in this one found them listed as -1-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Friday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Rams was expected to move the line.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 72-ranked Minutemen and the No. 7-rated Rams in this matchup.

Last time out for Virginia Commonwealth, they were a 64-62 loser as they battled Saint Louis on the road. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. Virginia Commonwealth suffered a 64-62 loss against Saint Louis on Saturday, getting 16 points from Treveon Graham in a losing effort at Chaifetz Arena.

Massachusetts was a 67-61 winner in their most recent outing on the road against George Washington. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs. Sampson Carter scored 20 points leading the Minutemen to a 67-61 victory over George Washington at Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Massachusetts's No. 40-ranked scoring average of 76.96 PPG, against a Rams defense rated No. 50 and allowing 65.88 PPG. The Minutemen FG% has averaged 47.25% to date this season, more than the Rams shooters have managed so far (41.97% per game).

A few Rams at Minutemen trends to consider:
Virginia Commonwealth is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Commonwealth's last 6 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Massachusetts is 5-9-1 ATS in its last 15 games
Massachusetts is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
Massachusetts is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Massachusetts is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Virginia Commonwealth at Fordham, Thursday, February 27th
Massachusetts at Rhode Island, Wednesday, February 26th