Princeton Tigers vs. VCU Rams Pick – NIT Tournament March 15, 2022

The Princeton Tigers and VCU Rams meet in a battle of the No. 6 vs. No. 3 seeds in the NIT Tournament. Princeton left it all out on the floor against the Yale Bulldogs in the Ivy League Championship.

They weren’t that far off from going to the NCAA Tournament, as Yale emerged with a 66-64 win in a small upset. That’s tough for Princeton, who went into the Ivy League Tournament as the favorite to win.

The Tigers believed they were going to the NCAA Tournament and came up just short of their goal. Their consolation prize is the NIT Tournament, which would still be a nice accomplishment if Princeton goes to Madison Square Garden.

There are some good teams in the NIT in 2022, and it should be competitive. Starting on Tuesday night, Princeton has a tough matchup in Virginia.

Princeton can shoot the ball, but it’s going to be difficult to get high-percentage scoring chances versus VCU tonight. The Rams don’t give up much room, though they’re coming off back-to-back losses for an early exit in the A10 Tournament.

VCU went to Saint Louis for a 69-65 in the regular season finale and then 75-64 to open the conference tourney. The loss versus Saint Louis snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Rams.

Given their form, it looked like VCU would roll right through the A10 Tournament, but the momentum was killed quickly. Back home for the first time since a 74-51 win over a good St. Bonaventure team, VCU is looking for better.

Head below for our free Princeton vs. VCU prediction on March 15, 2022 in the NIT Tournament.

Princeton Tigers vs. VCU Rams Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Princeton Tigers +6.5 (-110) OFF Over 138.5 (-105)
VCU Rams -6.5 (-110) OFF Under 138.5 (-115)
Team Data Princeton Tigers VCU Rams
Overall Record 23-6 21-9
ATS Record 12-15-0 18-11-1
Away/Home Record 8-3 11-4
ATS Away/Home 6-5-0 7-7-1
Points Per Game 80.6 66.1
Points Against Per Game 69.4 60.8
Field Goal % 49.0 45.8
Three Point % 38.8 34.2

Princeton vs. VCU Prediction:

VCU isn’t in the best form going into the NIT Tournament, but the Rams should be motivated to play well. They are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since January 18.

After that small skid, the Rams responded with a 70-54 win over St. Joseph’s. Despite not getting into the NCAA Tournament, the Rams are not interested in going out this season with three straight losses.

Princeton is dangerous from the field, though they’ve beaten up on a lot of bad Ivy League defenses. This was not a good season for the Ivy League, with two teams much better than the rest.

The Tigers scored 80.6 points per game and a 49% field goal percentage for eighth in the NCAA this season. They are dangerous from three, with a 38.8% three-point percentage.

However, VCU may not be the best matchup for a Princeton squad that depends on their outside shot. The Rams will pressure and attempt to take away the three, which they’ve done well this season.

Princeton Tigers vs. VCU Rams Betting Trends:

  • 1-4 ATS in their previous five games
  • 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
  • 0-4 ATS in their previous four games versus a team with a winning record
  • 1-10 ATS in their previous 11 games versus a team from the A10 Conference
  • 3-6 ATS in their previous nine games in March
  • 3-1-1 ATS in their previous five games as a betting favorite
  • 17-8-1 ATS in their previous 26 games
  • 3-1-1 ATS in their previous five games at home
  • 5-0 overall in their previous five games at home
  • 8-2 overall in their previous ten games

VCU is the second-best team statistically at taking away the three-ball. They have allowed a 26.8% three-point percentage and a 38.8% field goal percentage for 12th in the NCAA.

Remove the outside shot for Princeton, and there isn’t much that they’re capable of doing well. When VCU is at home, they’ve conceded 58.9 points per game.

This doesn’t look like the best matchup for Princeton. They fall right into VCU’s strengths. The Tigers don’t have the defense to back them up.

VCU hasn’t liked their results recently, but they have been shooting the ball well, at least. They’ve connected for a 48.9% field goal percentage through their last five attempts. Princeton is 265th with a 44.8% field goal against in 2021-22.

The points will attract the public to a 23-6 team. However, the Ivy League was not the best this season, and they’re going on the road. VCU is seeking a response after two tough losses.

I see the Rams getting it, as they pull ahead for a 75-65 win or thereabout in the first round of the NIT.


Princeton vs. VCU Pick
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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