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NCAA Betting: VCU, Northern Iowa Get the National Spotlight

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The VCU Rams will try to build their resume for a return to the NCAA Tournament this spring when they play host to the Northern Iowa Panthers at the Siegel Center on Friday night in a BracketBuster matchup on ESPN2. Get your college basketball odds for the event at Bovada.
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Virginia Commonwealth made it all the way to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament last season on a Cinderella run that saw them fall to Butler in the national semi-final. The Rams went 12-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association last season, and 28-12 overall.
This year VCU sits at 13-3 in conference play and 22-6 overall heading into Friday's matchup with Northern Iowa, and they're 14-12-1 against the spread. However, they had their 11-game winning streak stopped in their last game on Tuesday night, falling 62-61 on the road against George Mason.
Bradford Burgess and Troy Daniels each scored 13 points for the Rams in that loss, with Daniels also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Darius Theus picked up 11 points and six assists in that contest for Virginia Commonwealth.
Before Tuesday the Rams hadn't lost since falling in back-to-back games to Georgia State and Drexel in early January. VCU's other defeats this season came at the hands of Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, and Alabama back in November.
The Panthers have struggled in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, although they do have a win over a ranked team on their resume this year – they knocked off then-No. 13 Creighton by a score of 65-62 at home on February 4.
None of VCU's wins this year have come against ranked teams; the only time they took on a team in the AP Top 25 was when they fell 72-64 on the road against then-No. 13 Alabama back in November.
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