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NCAA Tournament Betting: VCU vs. Akron

No. 5 seed Virginia Commonwealth will hit the floor as a favorite in its opening game on Thursday night against No. 12 seed Akron, but the Rams will be looking to snap a losing streak against the betting odds.

VCU has gone 0-7 ATS in its past seven games away from home and just 1-4 ATS in its past five games overall as it prepares to face the Zips, who are 6-2 ATS in their past eight games as an underdog.

The total has gone OVER seven times in the past ten games for Virginia Commonwealth, while the UNDER is 6-2 in Akron's past eight games including the last four in a row.

Virginia Commonwealth will face the 26-6 Zips, who own a 14-12-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Rams are 14-13 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Zips are 9-16 favoring the OVER.

View Akron vs Virginia Commonwealth Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Zips were listed as 7-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was bet down to 134.5 at 5Dimes as of Wednesday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 44-ranked Rams and the No. 15-rated Zips in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 82-80 win for the Rams on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Zips is ranked No. 35 in NCAA hoops at 37.9 per game. Contrast that with Virginia Commonwealth’s No. 168 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Virginia Commonwealth is the No. 29-ranked team in the country at 7.9 per game, while Akron rates No. 79 at 7.1 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Akron owns the country's No. 101-rated mark, allowing 66.5 points per game on the highway. Virginia Commonwealth, on the other hand, rates No. 35 in scoring at home.

Akron was a 65-46 winner in its last match at home against Ohio. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Akron earned a 65-46 victory over Ohio on Saturday, getting 13 points from Chauncey Gilliam at Quicken Loans Arena.

Virginia Commonwealth was a 62-56 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Saint Louis. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Treveon Graham scored 20 points and chipped in with 12 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 62-56 against Saint Louis in college basketball action at Barclays Center.

Akron Zips Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Ohio are 2-8
After a win are 8-2

Virginia Commonwealth Rams Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After playing Saint Louis are 2-0
After a loss are 7-3

A few Zips at Rams trends to consider:
Virginia Commonwealth is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Virginia Commonwealth's last 10 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games