VCU Rams vs St Bonaventure Bonnies Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 01/14/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Friday, January 14, 2022
Venue:  Reilly Center, Saint Bonaventure, NY
Where to Watch:  ESPN2

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  VCU +2.5, St. Bonaventure -2.5; Over/Under:  130.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  VCU +2.5, St. Bonaventure -2.5; Over/Under:  130.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  VCU +1.5, St. Bonaventure -1.5; Over/Under:  130.5 points
 

Season Record

VCU Rams:  10-4 (2nd place, A10)
St Bonaventure Bonnies:  9-3 (4th place, A10)
 
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VCU Rams vs St Bonaventure Bonnies Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
VCU Rams:  5-0 last 5
St Bonaventure Bonnies:  3-2 last 5
 
 
 

VCU Rams Analysis

VCU is coming into this game with a 10-4 record overall and they are 4-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game on Friday night. This will be their 4th conference matchup of the year and they are currently 3-0 in their conference games this season. Their last loss was against the UConn Huskies but they have gone on a 7 game winning streak since then with wins coming against the Campbell Fighting Camels, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, the Old Dominion Monarchs, the Florida Atlantic Owls, the Dayton Flyers, the La Salle Explorers, and the George Washington Colonials in their last game. Adrian Baldwin Jr. led the team in points in that game with 16 while KeShawn Curry was next on the team with 13 total points. Vince Williams led the team in assists in that game with 8 while Jalen DeLoach led the team in rebounds off the bench with 7. They are 43.5% from the field, 32.1% from 3-point range, and 64.7% from the free throw line with their shooting this season. Their offense is averaging 63.4 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 57.1 PPG against them. VCU has an ATS record of 10-4 this season and their O/U record is 6-8.
 
 

St Bonaventure Bonnies Analysis

St. Bonaventure is coming into this game with a 9-3 record overall and they are 5-1 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 2nd conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are currently 1-0 in their conference games this season. They have lost 2 of their last 3 games but are coming into this one off of a win in their last game which snapped a 2 game losing streak that they were on. Their 2 losses in that span were against the UConn Huskies and the Virginia Tech Hokies while their win came against the La Salle Explorers in their last game. Kyle Lofton led the team in points in that game with 18 while Dominick Welch and Jaren English were both next on the team with 17 points each. Lofton also led the team in assists in that game with 8 while Osun Osunniyi led the team in rebounds with 15. They are 44.8% from the field, 33.9% from 3-point range, and 77% from the free throw line with their shots this season. Their offense is averaging 72.3 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 PPG against them. St. Bonaventure has an ATS record of 3-8-1 this season and their O/U record is 7-5.
 

 

VCU vs St Bonaventure Prediction

St. Bonaventure is coming into this contest as a 2.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. St. Bonaventure have not been playing their best recently losing 2 of their last 3 games. VCU has won 7 straight games and they are a perfect 4-0 on the road this season but they have not had a schedule as strong as St. Bonaventure has. The Bonnies will be looking to go back on a run now that they are playing their conference games and VCU has played well this season but, they have struggled against better teams and they are running into one here as St. Bonaventure has been having a great season and they have had to face teams from tougher conferences than VCU. The best bet to place in this game is on St. Bonaventure to cover the spread here as they will pull away here at home and win this game by a big margin.
 
VCU St Bonaventure Prediction:  Our NCAAB Pick for Friday, January 14, 2022 (7:30 pm ET start time) is St. Bonaventure 68 VCU 59.
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NCAAB Betting Trends

 
VCU Rams: 20-13 O/U as a road underdog of 3 points or less or pick. 40-23 O/U at road when the line is +3 to -3. 22-16 O/U in a road game where the total is 130 to 134.5. 9-4 O/U when playing only their 3rd game in a week. 13-7 O/U after scoring 80 points or more in a win over a conference rival.
St Bonaventure Bonnies: 37-19 O/U at home when the line is +3 to -3. 55-32 O/U in a home game where the total is 130 to 139.5. 20-15 O/U when playing only their 2nd game in a week. 6-1 O/U after 2 straight games giving up 9 or less offensive rebounds. 15-5 O/U after failing to cover 6 or 7 of their last 8 against the spread. 18-8 O/U after a game where they failed to cover the spread.
 

Key Injuries

 
VCU Rams:  L. Stockard III (F) Ques Fri - Undisclosed injury. J. McAllister (G) out for season - Knee injury. J. Watkins (F) out for season - Knee injury.
St Bonaventure Bonnies:  A. Mellouk (F) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury.
 

Notable Quotes

 
“The best thing about it is, ‘You did it guys.’ Experience, right? Your experience is you just played at a high level offensively because you shared the ball and you didn’t fight the game. You didn’t throw 50-50 passes.” - Mike Rhoades on his team’s win against Dayton.
 
 
“It was difficult. We weren’t smooth; it looked like we were off for 25 days in the first half. We were lucky to be down by three (37-34) at halftime. But I thought … in the last 10 minutes, we got down by 10, we started playing the way we’re capable of playing. We were aggressive, we got some stops, we were going to the offensive glass, we made some big shots, and that’s what we need to do.” - Mark Schmidt on his team’s win against La Salle.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
VCU Rams
K. Curry 
Jayden Nunn 
L. Stockard 
Hason Ward 
V. Williams
 
St Bonaventure Bonnies
Jalen Adaway 
Jaren Holmes 
K. Lofton 
O. Osunniyi 
D. Welch
 

Statistical Leaders

 
VCU Rams
PPG: V. Williams Jr. (11.3)
APG: A. Baldwin Jr. (5.2)
Reb/G: V. Williams Jr. (6)
 
St Bonaventure Bonnies
PPG: K. Lofton (15.9)
APG: K. Lofton (5.8)
RPG: J. Adaway (7.5)
 
Coaches:
VCU Rams: Mike Rhoades (5th season)
St Bonaventure Bonnies: Mark Schmidt (15th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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