St. Joseph Hawks vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams
Date/Time: March 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
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Selection Sunday is here and this is the day where the field for the 2014 NCAA Tournament will be announced. Before the field is announced there is still four conference championship games that need to be played. One of the games that will get top billing on the biggest Sunday in college basketball is the Atlantic Ten Championship. The game will feature the No. 25 team in the country in the Virginia Commonwealth Rams against the Hawks from St. Joseph.
Since the Rams have experience in big games and hold down a spot in the top 25 of the college basketball rankings there is a good chance that they will get the invite to be a part of March Madness. The Hawks have over 20 wins on the season but if they want to make sure that they get to the dance and get a worthy seed they will need to win this game.
The Rams opened up as (-5) point favorites against the Hawks and that number was quickly bet down by the sharp bettors and this point spread can now be found at (-4) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The Hawks managed to take care of St. Bonnaventure to get to this big game behind the big play of Halil Kanacevic who had 26 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Saint Joseph’s will be playing in the first Atlantic 10 tournament final since 2008 and eager to prove that they belong.
The latest college basketball betting trends for this tournament championship reveal that both of the teams in this game have some positive wagering angles in their favor. The Rams are 4-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games when going up against a team with a winning straight up record and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games when they go up against a team with a winning straight up record, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games when they take to the court against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Hawks have the talent and the desire to show up big time for this game. They get the upset win over VCU and the automatic bid to the big dance.
Free Pick: St. Joseph Hawks +4.5
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