Authored by College Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Saturday December 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST on the NBCSN television network.
The (9-0) And 24th ranked Northern Iowa Panthers of the Missouri Valley Conference will make the trip from the Hawkeye State to the Mother of President State to take on the (5-3) VCU Rams of the Atlantic-Ten Conference in 2014 NCAA Basketball action. The team will play at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia. This Sports Handicapper believes Northern Iowa will battle Wichita State for the MVC title; the Panthers are a very good team. Virginia Commonwealth made headlines a few year ago when they made the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament final four, but they may be overvalued as a team this season. The betting line has Northern Iowa as a five-point road underdog Against The Spread and the betting odds total in not posted for Saturday’s game.
The 2014-15 Northern Iowa Panthers are loaded with experience and a senior-laden team with high expectations, finishing behind Wichita State is not an option the Panthers want an MVC title. The Panthers beat VCU last year and already beat Richmond of the Commonwealth this year. The over is 7-1 VCU last eight played on Saturday’s and are 2-6 Against The Spread their last eight on Saturday’s. Northern Iowa is 4-3 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under once on NCAA Basketball Expert ATS Predictions this season. Senior Forward Seth Tuttle is seeking his second consecutive All-Conference honors and is the leader of a very versatile frontcourt. This year’s Panther will be the best in five years and could be a sleeper come March.
The 2014-15 VCU Rams and their high profile coach Shaka Smart are predicted to win the tough Atlantic-Ten Conference. VCU sells out their arena regularly now, and expectations are through the roof. VCU lost by double-digits in their last game vs. A very good Virginia team. The betting odds under has come in 17 of the Rams last twenty-five at home. VCU is 2-5 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under twice. VCU has two players on the preseason All-Conference team. Leading the way is Guard/Forward Trevor Graham, who can put the ball on the floor and make the outside shot. The Rams will be tested on Saturday, but their athleticism should prevail.
Free Pick: Northern Iowa+5.