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Virginia ports betting bill HB 4 passed through the House and is now in the process of proceeding through the Senate. The bill passed through the House back on February 11th with a solid margin of 61-33. On Wednesday, the bill was passed 11-1 by the Committee on General Laws and Technology. The next stop is the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee. They could vote on the bill as soon as next week. The current legislative session in Virginia ends on March 7th, giving the state about two more weeks to get this bill to the Governor.
HB 4 would legalize casino gaming in the state. Under the bill, sports betting would be included in the category of casino gaming.
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VCU (-2) vs Saint Louis – 9:00 PM
The VCU Rams (17-9) take on the Saint Louis Billikens (18-8) in an A10 battle. The Rams have lost their last three games after their recent defeat to Dayton 66-61 on Tuesday. The Billikens have lost three of their last four after their recent defeat to UMass 67-63 on Tuesday.
VCU has been a pretty average offense team this season. They are 158th in points per game (71.6). They haven’t shot very well from the field this season (220th) but have been solid from three (113th) and slightly above average from the free-throw line (163rd). The defense is where this Rams’ team excels. They allow the 52nd-fewest points per game (64.4) and hold opponents to the 93rd-lowest FG%.
Saint Louis is also like VCU in that they are better on defense than offense. However, the Billikens are not as strong as the Rams on either side of the ball. They rank 171st in points per game (71.3) and are average shooters from the field (148th) and from three (167th). Saint Louis is the second-worst free-throw shooting team in the country, only converting on 58.8%. The Saint Louis defense is 93rd in points allowed per game and they hold opponents to the 72nd-lowest FG%.
The Rams rank in the top 30 in defensive efficiency according to KenPom while Saint Louis comes in at a respectable 74th. VCU also has an offensive edge. This will probably be a close game throughout in a hard-fought defensive conference game but the Rams should pull away at some point. The terrible free-throw shooting of the Billikens will come back to haunt them in this one. VCU’s defense should be the difference in this game as their offense does enough to help them get the win and cover. The formula likes VCU in this one as it has them winning 68-62.