Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday March 19th, 2015. At 4:40 PM EST on the TNT Television Network.
The (23-10) and number ten seed Ohio State Buckeyes of the Big-Ten Conference makes the trip to the “GREAT NORTHWEST”. Ohio State will play the (26-9) and #7 seed VCU Rams of the Atlantic-10 Conference in 2015 NCAA Tournament action. The teams will play at the Rose Garden, home of the NBA Trailblazers in beautiful Portland, Oregon. This Sports Handicapper believes the Buckeyes are looking forward to payback against the A-10 for their first round loss to the Conference in the 2014 Tournament. Virginia Commonwealth is going to have their hands full Thursday. The opening betting line has VCU as a four-point favorite on a neutral site Against The Spread, the betting odds total is 136′ for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes lost to Michigan State in the Big-10 Conference Tournament semi-finals on Saturday March 14th. Ohio State had a .583 RPI rating, which is low and got them a 10-seed. The Buckeyes offense ranks 21st in the nation scoring the basketball. The Buckeyes defense allows opponents 62.4 points per contest. Ohio State has one of the best freshmen in the Country, in Guard D’Angelo Russell. The Louisville native is the team’s leading scorer with a little over nineteen-points per contest. The betting odds over the total are 8-2 Ohio State last ten in the NCAA Tournament. The Ohio State Buckeyes are 3-3 their last six NCAA Basketball ATS Predictions, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total twice. Thad Matta is in his tenth season as the Buckeyes Head Coach and is one of the best recruiters in the business. Matta has his team ready for Thursday’s game. Ohio State lost in the first round in 2014 to in-state rivals and Atlantic-10 Dayton Flyers. Thursday’s opponent is another A-10 team. The key to an Ohio State win is how well they handle the VCU full-court press. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has Ohio State at 100/1 to win the 2015 NCAA March Madness Championship.
The 2015 VCU Rams beat Dayton to win the 2015 Atlantic Conference Tournament on Sunday March 15th. VCU got past top seed Davidson Saturday in a rout. The Rams have overcome a lot this season. All Conference Guard Briante Weber went down with a knee injury on the first of February and out for the season. Backcourt mate Treveon Graham has taken his game to another level and is the team’s leading scorer. Graham, a Maryland native was the Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player. VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart believes his team can make a run in the 2015 March Madness Tournament, but it will be tough. The Rams won’t sneak up the way they did in 2011 when the school went to the Final Four. VCU is 2-5-1 ATS their last eight on Thursday’s. The VCU Rams are 4-6 their last 10 ATS, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total five. The Rams have to play a near flawless game. The Point Spread looks a little shaky with Weber out of the lineup. Bovada has VCU at 100/1 to win the 2015 NCAA Basketball title.