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College Basketball Betting Odds Ohio State Buckeyes vs VCU Rams Free PIck

Today the Ohio State Buckeyes will take on the VCU Rams at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament . The game has a start time of 4:40 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on TNT. Current Vegas betting odds have the Buckeyes listed as 4 point favorites, while the total is set at 136.5. 

Analysis: The Ohio State Buckeyes made it into the Big Dance, but most are saying that they have been vastly underseeded. We shall see. Still the Buckeyes had a very solid year, going 23-10 overall, while finishing 6th in the Big 10. This will be Ohio state's 32nd trip to the Big Dance and they have been to 11 Final Fours and have 1 National Title. Ohio State has gone 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss, but just 2-10 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games. The Buckeyes have been a very good offensive team this year, ranking 24th in scoring (75.8 ppg), 9th in shooting (48.6%), 63rd in 3 point shooting (37.2%) and 231st in FT shooting (67.8%). Defensively the Buckeyes have been solid this year, ranking 74th in points allowed (62.4 ppg), 73rd in defensive FG% (40.5%) and 60th in 3 point defense (31.8%).

The VCU Rams did not finish the regular season on a strong note as hey had won just 1 of their final 4 games, but they turned it around in the A-10 tournament, winning all 4 games to getting the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Rams have won 5 games in a row and have gone 26-9 on the year. VCU has been to 14 NCAA Tournament with 1 final 4 appearance and no national titles. The Rams have gone 12-3 ATS in their last 15 NCAA Tournament games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. VCU has been a good offensive team this year, as they come in ranked 53rd in scoring (72.5 ppg), 256th in shooting (42.0%), 188th in 3 point shooting (34.2%) and 297th in FT shooting (65.6%). Defensively the Rams have been rather average this year, ranking 143rd in points allowed (65.5 ppg), 187th in defensive FG% (43.2%) and 191st in 3 point defense (34.4%). .      

Pick:  I will be going with Ohio State in this one. The Buckeyes played the tougher schedule this year and they have had extra time to rest, while VCU played a grueling 4 games in the A-10 Tournament and now must travel cross country to Oregon. Not a good spot for the Rams here. The Rams are a confident team and they will play hard, but I feel that Ohio State will be able to wear this smallish team down in the last 10 minutes of the game to pull away for a comfortable win. 

 

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