VCU Rams at St Bonaventure Bonnies – NCAAM January 20

VCU Rams at St. Bonaventure Bonnies

Time:  3 PST – 5 CST – 6 EST
Place: Reilly Center, Olean, N.Y.
TV: CBS Sports Network

What’s At Stake:

First place is on the line tonight as VCU and St. Bonaventure come into the game with one loss each as UMass and Richmond join the four-way log jam in the A-10. Dayton and Davidson are one-game back with two losses each.

Rams Have Edge In Relatively New Series:

VCU has as 6-4 lead in the series and the Rams have taken 4 of the last 5 against the Bonnies dating back to 2016. VCU took a 91-63 win last season in the Siegel Center as Na’shon Hyland scored 17 first half points to help give the Rams a 52-24 lead at halftime.

Vs The Spread:

VCU:

  • The Rams are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Rams’ last 6 outings
  • VCU is 2-10 ATS in their last 12 A-10 games

St. Bonaventure:

  • The Bonnies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in the Bonnies’ last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of the last 7 matchups between the Bonnies and Rams
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Va Commonwealth +1½ (-107) +105 O 139 (-120)
St. Bonaventure -1½ (-113) -125 U 139 (+100)

Last Time Out:

“Bones” Hyland scored 17 points and Hasan Ward had a career-high 11 and four blocked shots as the Rams defeated George Washington, 84-77. VCU shot  53.4 percent from the field while forcing 23 Colonials’ turnovers.

Kyle Lofton scored 28 points as St. Bonaventure ousted Duquesne, 62-48, as the Bonnies made 20-of-27 free throws to secure the win. St. Bonaventure held the Dukes to 35.8 percent from he field as Alejandro Vasquez scored 11 points off the bench.

Rams Stat Pack:
  • So far, the Rams’ bench accounts for 38.9 percent of their minutes, 29th nationally.
  • Bones Hyland leads VCU in scoring and is playing at a higher level lately as he has averaged 21 points and 6.3 rebounds over his last three games.
  • A healthy Vince Williams is figuring across the boards for coach Mike Rhoades as he is second in scoring (10.1 ppg.), the leading rebounder (5.2 rpg) and second in assists with 31.

Rams Grease Board:

VCU Rams LogoSpeeding up Lofton and the Bonnies is a must for VCU as St. Bonaventure leads the league in allowing only 61.7 points per game while allowing only 40 percent from he field, second in the A-10. Hyland leads the Rams with 38 three-pointers while Vince Williams (41.9% – 3) and Jamir Watkins (39.5% – 30 have to be accounted for in all phases of the offense. Rebound differential is huge here as SBU is at a (+5.4) and the Rams struggled at just (-1.6). This is a major contrast of styles and whomever asserts the game for the majority of 40 minutes will win.

Bonnies Stat Pack:
  • Osun Osunniyi is known for his inside play and rebounding prowess, but handed out seven assists in a recent win over Fordham which was the most for a center in the Mark Schmidt era.
  • Kyle Lofton leads all D-1 players with 38.4 minutes per contest and over the past two seasons, Lofton has put up 2,463 minutes of action.
  • The Bonnies’ 4-1 start matches four others in team history as two more A-10 and two more wins would equal the best conference start of any team which was 6-1 in 1982-83.

Bonnies Grease Board:

Bonnies LogoSt. Bonaventure can go inside-out with Lofton (15.4 ppg, 5.4 apg) and Osunniyi (10.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg), but supporting players in Jarren Holmes (15.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Dominick Welch (9.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg) can have a major effect in a big game. Holmes has upped his scoring in A-10 play to 18.4 ppg. St. Bonaventure has a tremendous advantage on the glass at (+5.4) so Osunniyi with his size and Welch could play a key role here if St. Bonaventure can keep this game int he half-court. The Bonnies are seventh in the nation, per KenPom, in 2-point points distribution at 60.7 percent. The Rams have 74 blocked shots and will be more athletic in the paint. Hasan Ward checks in with 28 blocks off the bench and starter Corey Douglas has 21.

Winner: St. Bonaventure (-1½) 69, VCU 65
O/U: Take UNDER 139

The Bets
St. Bonaventure -1½
-113
UNDER 139
+100
Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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