The VCU Rams (21-7) and the Richmond Spiders (14-14) link up in an Atlantic 10 showdown on Friday evening. VCU sits first in conference standings with a 10-2 record against Atlantic 10 foes. Meanwhile, Richmond is in eighth place, going 7-8 in conference play. VCU leads the all-time series 19-8 and has won four of the last five matchups. On Jan. 20, the Rams beat the Spiders 74-62.

Tipoff from Siegel Center in Richmond is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Rams are 9-point favorites in the latest Richmond vs. VCU odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 134. Before making any VCU vs. Richmond picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.  

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Now, the model has set its sights on Richmond vs. VCU and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for VCU vs. Richmond:

  • Richmond vs. VCU spread: Rams -9
  • Richmond vs. VCU State over/under: 134 points
  • Richmond vs. VCU money line: Rams -455, Spiders +345
  • VCU: Rams are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up win
  • RICH: Over is 9-2 in the Spiders' last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
  • Richmond vs. VCU picks: See picks at SportsLine
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Why VCU can cover

Senior forward Brandon Johns Jr. has been a solid scorer in the lane. Johns Jr. has shown the ability to use good footwork to create space and get clean looks at the basket. The Michigan native logs 11.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and shoots 52% from the field. On Feb. 3, he notched 15 points, six rebound  and went 7-of-10 from the field.

Sophomore guard Jayden Nunn is a great shooter on the perimeter for the Rams. Nunn has the ability to score off the dribble but also be a catch-and-shoot threat. The Michigan native puts up 9.3 points and shoots 39.8% from beyond the arc. In his last game, he put up 31 points, four rebounds and went a perfect 7-of-7 from downtown. 

Why Richmond can cover

Senior forward Tyler Burton is the go-to option offensively. Burton has a solid first step and can finish with both hands around the rim. The Massachusetts native is also an active cutter. Burton is second in the conference in scoring (19) and fifth in rebounds (7.7). In his last outing, he logged 20 points and nine rebounds.

Senior center Neal Quinn is a scoring threat in the frontcourt. Quinn has good passing skills and is able to score in the paint consistently. The New Jersey native owns a soft touch around the basket and has scored in double figures in five of his last eight games. Quinn averages 8.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. On Feb. 15, he put up 16 points, six rebounds and eight assists. 

How to make Richmond vs. VCU picks

SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 137 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits more than 60% of the time. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine.

So who wins VCU vs. Richmond? And which side of the spread hits more than 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.