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Brown Bears vs. Rhode Island Rams Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

Rhode Island Rams (7-6) at Brown Bears (6-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Pizzitola Sports Center)

The Line: Brown Bears -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Brown Bears and the Rhode Island Rams face off on Thursday in college basketball action.

The Brown Bears have lost three games in a row and are 6-5 thus far this season. Brown has played the 346th ranked schedule and they are 2-1 at home thus far this year. Sean McGonagill is averaging 18.6 points per game to lead the Bears. Rafael Maia is averaging 10.4 points and 8.1 rebounds, Dockery Walker is averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, and and Travon Blackmon and Leland King both average 7.9 points per game. Brown is averaging 72 points and they are shooting 43.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.8 points and their opponents are shooting 39.4 percent. Brown has extra motivation with this being a rivalry game but they look like they just don’t have it this season.

Brown Bears vs. Rhode Island Rams Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

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The Rhode Island Rams have lost four of their last five games as they are struggling with conference play still on the horizon. URI has played the 294th ranked schedule and they are 0-4 away from home thus far this year. Xavier Munford is averaging 15 points per game and he is the Rams leading scorer. E.C. Mathews is averaging 10.7 points and 4.0 rebounds, Gilvydas Biruta is averaging 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Jarelle Reischel is averaging 6.7 points per game. Rhode Island is averaging 67.5 points and they are shooting 42.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.2 points and their opponents are shooting 44.6 percent. This looks like it will be a tough year for URI.

Brown is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games, 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games, and 6-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Rhode Island is 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record and 1-5 against the spread following a double-digit home loss.

This one should be close late and it looks to be a two-point game either way. 

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