We’ve got our dancing shoes on once again here at Cappers Info, and that means that it’s time for the NCAA Tournament picks to continue. Our next set of March Madness Bracket Predictions take us to the South Region, where the #12 Akron Zips and the #5 VCU Rams meet in the Second Round.
South Region Picks: #12 Akron Zips vs. #5 VCU Rams
Date: Thursday, March 21st, 9:45 ET
South Region Location: Palace at Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
Akron vs. VCU Live on TV: CBS
Second Round Betting Lines
#12 Akron Zips +7
#5 VCU Rams -7
There are always a whole bunch of different factors that we are going to be looking at when we analyze the NCAA basketball betting odds, especially here in the NCAA Tournament. However, this time around, there isn’t much for us to see. G Alex Abreu is out for the Zips after getting picked up for drug trafficking right at the end of the regular season, and that leaves a freshman, G Carmelo Betancourt in his place. Betancourt averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 assists per game in the regular season, and he should absolutely be scared out of his mind to play against this VCU defense. These Rams aren’t bringing a defense nicknamed HAVOC to the table for no reason. VCU forces over 16 turnovers per game, right around 12 of which come from steals, many of which lead to transition baskets the other way. The last time that these two teams played was in the middle of the 2011 season, a game that VCU won in overtime. The Rams forced 20 turnovers that day, and that was with Abreu running the point. This is going to be an ugly, ugly game from the start in all likelihood. We would guess that the Rams jump out of the blocks in a hurry with a big lead and simply never look back in what should be one of the bigger non-1/16 romps in the first week of the tournament.
Akron vs. VCU Free Pick: VCU Rams -7
Akron vs. VCU Predictions: VCU 77 – Akron 58