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The Morning Line: VCU-Rhode Island and Harvard-Penn highlight the action

There’s a very limited slate of games tonight, but the A-10 matchup of VCU and Rhode Island will have most of college basketball’s attention.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams players celebrate on the bench against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the second half at Stuart C. Siegel Center. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a limited board tonight for college basketball, but the A-10 tilt tonight for second place between VCU and Rhode Island in what has been an overachieving league in 2020 is the marquee matchup.

VCU (16-5, 6-2 A-10) is 33 in the NET, and Rhode Island (15-5, 7-1 A-10) is 45, so this game will have bubble implications come Selection Sunday. It’s rematch of January 11th where the Rams won 65-56 in Richmond, and both teams will have a chance to improve their case even beyond tonight, as games against conference foe and #7 Dayton remain.

Elsewhere there’s a good one in Philly. Tommy Amaker and Harvard come in 13-4 and 2-0 in the Ivy League, and the Penn Quakers need this to keep their hopes of the conference tournament alive after dropping a pair opening weekend. Only the top four teams in the eight-team Ivy make the conference tournament. Penn just beat Big 5 rival Temple last Saturday, and that Palestra magic has them giving a point to the Crimson early.

Jan 31 Opening Lines

Teams Time Spread Price Money Line Total TV
Teams Time Spread Price Money Line Total TV
Harvard 5 p.m. +1 -115 -108 143.5 ESPNU
Penn -1 -106 -113
Akron 6:30 p.m. +2.5 -109 120 148 CBSSN
Kent State -2.5 -112 -148
VCU 7 p.m. +1 -112 -106 141 ESPN2
Rhode Island -1 -109 -115
Bowling Green 7 p.m. +4.5 -109 165 156.5 ESPNU
Buffalo -4.5 -113 -205
Columbia 7 p.m. +15.5 -110 1000 131.5 ESPN+
Yale -15.5 -110 -2000
Oakland 7 p.m. +2.5 -109 120 138.5 ESPN3
Detroit -2.5 -112 -148
Quinnipiac 7 p.m. +4.5 -109 165 143.5 ESPN+
Canisius -4.5 -113 -205
Cornell 7 p.m. +8.5 -107 340 134.5 ESPN+
Brown -8.5 -114 -455
Siena 7 p.m. +1 -112 -106 146 ESPN+
Iona -1 -109 -115
Marist 7 p.m. +6 -110 215 131 ESPN3
Niagra -6 -110 -275
Wright State 8 p.m. -6.5 -110 -295 150.5 ESPN3
Milwaukee +6.5 -110 230
Northern Ky 9 p.m. -2.5 -112 -143 155 ESPNU
Green Bay +2.5 -109 120

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