Yes, they are back again. Virginia Commonwealth and head coach Shaka Smart continue their great two year tournament run on Saturday vs. Indiana with the winner advancing to the sweet sixteen. For all up to date lines 24 hours a day please visit Just Bet sportsbook.
You might remember VCU as the darling of last year’s tournament as they reached the Final Four after having to play a play-in game and knocking off quality teams along their journey. In their first game of the tournament this year vs. Wichita St., a seven point favorite, VCU once again was fearless and won by a score of 62-59. VCU is really guided by their tough and gritty defensive play and are now riding a 7 game winning streak. They held a high scoring Wichita St. team to just 39% shooting from the field. The Rams struggled from the 3-point line on Thursday, but shot 52% on two point field goals. They also hit several key shots down the stretch, but none bigger than Bradley Burgess’ three pointer with less than a minute left. Along with Burgess, Darius Theus and Troy Daniels each chipped in with 10 for VCU.
Indiana came into the tournament battle tested from a season in the Big Ten which was arguably the nation’s top conference. Indiana has several quality wins this year including wins against Kentucky, NC State, Michigan St. and Michigan. That amounted to the 26 toughest schedule in the land. In their victory against New Mexico St. on Saturday the Aggies saw first hand how prepared the Hoosiers actually were. Indiana won the game 79-66 while shooting 59% from the field and hitting an impressive 7 of 13 from three point land. Although the Aggies did shoot an impressive 55% from the field they turned the ball over a staggering 17 times. Jordan Hulls led IU with 22 points and the trio of Christian Watford, Will Sheehey, and Cody Zeller added 14 points each.
While we feel that this year’s run will come to an end today for the Rams vs. the Hoosiers, would we be completely surprised if VCU won? Absolutely not. This all equals to Mike liking Indiana to win the game outright, but advocate taking the points and VCU from a betting perspective and before you bet pick up sportsbook promo codes.