VCU Rams vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Pick – NIT March 19, 2022

The NCAA Tournament continues on Saturday with the Round of 32. Thursday and Friday of March Madness are always one of the most fun days on the sports betting calendar.

It can be an amazing day, and bad for others that weren’t on the fortunate side with winners. However, the NCAA Tournament isn’t the only game in town at the moment.

Don’t feel like you have to bet the NCAA Tournament exclusively. The NIT, CBI, and even the TBC can provide opportunities for bettors.

I’m perfect in the NIT going into Saturday, so I can’t say that I’m complaining. The biggest difference between the NCAA Tournament and NIT is that teams play on their home court before later rounds in NYC at Madison Square Garden.

The VCU Rams were at home to beat Princeton in the NIT opener on Tuesday. It wasn’t a typical win for VCU. They generally win games with their defense, but this was an offensive game for the Rams.

The Tigers caught VCU in a rare outing where their defense was getting lost at times. VCU hit their spots to outscore Princeton in a 90-79 final on Tuesday.

However, VCU beat Princeton at their own game. The Rams advance to the next round for a date with Wake Forest on the road.

The Demon Deacons made it look easy in the first half versus Towson. They had a 43-22 lead at halftime and put the game on cruise control.

Towson nearly snuck up for a backdoor cover, but Wake Forest held on after building up a 21-point lead at the break. Dallas Wolton had a productive game with 17 points and 7 rebounds in the win.

Head below for our free VCU vs. Wake Forest prediction in the NIT Tournament on March 19, 2022.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Odds and Team Statistics:

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Moneyline Total
VCU Rams +5 (-110) +175 Over 144.5 (-110)
Wake Forest Demon Deacons -5 (-110) -205 Under 144.5 (-110)
Team Data VCU Rams Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Overall Record 22-9 24-9
ATS Record 19-11-1 20-13-0
Away/Home Record 9-2 14-19
ATS Away/Home 8-3-0 13-6-0
Points Per Game 66.1 79.5
Points Against Per Game 60.8 69.8
Field Goal % 45.8 48.9
Three Point % 34.2 35.3

VCU vs. Wake Forest Prediction:

The Rams won a game that they don’t usually win against Princeton. When VCU gets into a high-scoring game, it’s not a sign that things went well.

They lean on their defense heavily, and it wasn’t that type of game. In any case, VCU was hot from the field with 90 points.

It’s rare for VCU to be off defensively in consecutive games, so that may speak well for the Rams’ chances on Saturday.

They will have to be good against a Wake Forest team that can score. Wake Forest is 18th, with 79.5 points per game and a 48.9% field goal percentage.

At home, the Demon Deacons are shooting 50.1% from the field. VCU has the defensive pressure to force Wake Forest into mistakes, though.

We didn’t see it versus Princeton, but they don’t mess up twice in a row too often. Overall, the Rams are 16th in the NCAA with 60.8 points against per game and a 38.8% field goal percentage.

VCU is particularly good at limiting teams from deep range. They are the second-best unit in the NCAA, with teams shooting just 26.8% from three.


VCU Rams vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Betting Trends:

VCU
  • 9-2 ATS in their previous 11 games as an underdog
  • 8-2 ATS in their previous ten games as an underdog on the road
  • 11-3 ATS in their previous 14 games on the road
  • 14-4-1 ATS in their previous 19 games after a win
  • 6-2 ATS in their previous eight games on a Saturday
Wake Forest
  • 11-5 ATS in their previous 16 games
  • 8-4 ATS in their previous 12 games as a betting favorite
  • 11-5 overall in their previous 16 games
  • 2-15 overall in their previous 17 games in March
  • OVER is 4-0 in their previous four games

VCU isn’t bothered by going on the road. They embrace the challenge and have had a lot of success.

The Rams have covered 11 of their previous 14 trips on the road and a record of 9-2. Defense travels for VCU.

They have allowed 62.4 points per game and a 39.1% field goal against. The defensive end hasn’t been a strong point for Wake Forest.

The Deacons are 206th with 70 points allowed per game this season. They’ve allowed 75.8 points a game and a 45.4% field goal percentage through their previous five attempts.

This looks like a close call between VCU and Wake Forest. It could go in either direction in the final minutes. In that case, 5 points looks like a good value play on Saturday in the NIT.

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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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