The NCAA Tournament has kicked off and we deliver a top betting pick from the Thursday contest between the Virginia Commonwealth Rams and the Wichita St Shockers. The Rams and Shockers will tip off from Portland Oregon at 7:15PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by CBS. With our top NCAA Tournament pick from college basketball today we will play on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at +6 ½ points against the Wichita St Shockers. The betting line used from our college basketball pick is courtesy of Just Bet sportsbook.
The betting odds opened up from this second round NCAA Tournament game with the Wichita St Shockers favored by -5 ½ points with an over under of 134 points. Early money from the betting public has steamed on the side of the Missouri Valley conference team as the Wichita St Shockers are now favored by -6 ½ points at most of the best online sportsbooks. The over under has steamed up to a current betting line of 136 ½ points. Those who wager on the favored Wichita St Shockers on the money line will lay -240 odds. If you think the Virginia Commonwealth Rams can win this NCAA Tournament game straight up your return is +200 odds on the money line for your bet on the underdog.
The Virginia Commonwealth Rams have been a winning machine as the team has piled up 15 wins over their past 16 games. Just like last season the Rams have begun to peak during the second half of the season. VCU has been well tested competing against a very competitive Colonial Athletic conference that includes teams such as George Mason, Old Dominion and Drexel. The Rams have been a very solid defensive team limiting opponents to just 59 points a game and play that slow style that keeps the possessions to a minimum. They are very good guarding the three point line as opponents make just 31.8% from beyond the arc. Helping our cause is we have the tournament tested Shaka Smart still on the sidelines for Virginia Commonwealth following their deep run in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
There have been media reports that the Wichita St fan base have not traveled to Portland for this game to root on their team. During shoot around on Wednesday the media was shocked to see just two fans in attendance for them. The traveling fans always show up for the shoot around to lend their support to their team. There could be still some ill feelings of disappointment for the Shockers in their 65-64 defeat in the Missouri Valley conference semifinals to Illinois St. Wichita St split with Creighton this season. The MVC conference is not as strong as it has been in recent season as they send just two teams into the dance. Wichita St has been hyped with a home win against UNLV early on but we have found out over the course of the season that the Running Rebels aren’t any good away from the Thomas and Mack Center. Take the points with VCU tonight at the best sportsbooks online.