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St. Bonaventure (19-7) vs VCU (20-7)

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies travel to Richmond, Virginia to take on the VCU Rams. The Bonnies are 19-7 overall, 4-3 on the road. They are currently on a 7 game winning streak and are 3-2 in their last 5 road games. In conference play, the Bonnies are 11-4 and are in 4th place in the A10.

VCU is 20-7 overall, 10-4 at home. They have won 4 straight home games and are 4-1 in their last 5. VCU is on a 7 game winning streak as well and have been playing some of their best basketball. The Rams are sitting in 2nd place in the A10 with a 13-3 conference record. They are currently one game behind Davidson and need this win to put some pressure on Davidson for the title.

St. Bonaventure Analysis

The Bonnies have been a strange team this season. They had high expectations and were the frontrunner to win the A10 this season. However, St. Bonaventure got off to a rocky start, losing 4 of their first 7 games. Lately, the Bonnies have been winning games, but it hasn't been pretty. They just went down to the wire against a weak St. Joe’s team. St. Bonaventure scores 71.3 ppg (171) and shoots 45.5% (99). The Bonnies shoot well from the floor, but struggle from behind the arc, shooting 32.6% (249). On the defensive side, the Bonnies give up 66.4 ppg (98) and collect 32 defensive rebounds (102).

VCU Analysis

The Rams are one of the best defensive teams in the country. As of late, they have paired that with exceptional offense. They typically average 65.9 ppg (301), but have averaged 74.4 ppg during their 7 game winning streak. On the defensive side, VCU gives up 60.9 ppg (15), force teams to shoot 38.8% from the floor (15), and hold teams to 26.6% from 3 (2).

  • Bonnies are 1-7 ats in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
  • Bonnies are 5-1-1 ats in their last 7 games
  • Bonnies are 1-4 vs VCU on the road in their last 5 road games
  • Rams are 13-6 ats in their last 19 games
  • Rams is 4-1 at home in their last 5 games vs St. Bonaventure

Sidekick's Verdict

Both teams are on great runs right now and playing their best basketball. VCU is knocking on the door to take over 1st place for the A10 championship. I think they are playing much better basketball and pairing great scoring with elite defense. St. Bonaventure can be a little streaky on the road, whereas VCU is more complete.

I think VCU has more to play for in the one and will edge this one out.

Sidekick's Play of the Day

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