Rhode Island vs. Detroit - 12/20/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Titans (6-5) at Rhode Island Rams (6-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)
The Line: Rhode Island Rams -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Titans and Rhode Island Rams square off Saturday at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.
The Detroit Titans have split their last six games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Detroit is averaging 68.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 68.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Juwan Howard Jr. is averaging 20 points and 4.3 rebounds while Paris Bass is averaging 12.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. Anton Wilson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Matthew Grant is producing 3.2 assists per game. The Detroit Titans are one of the more balanced teams in the Horizon. Offensively, Detroit is shooting 74.5 percent from the free throw line and 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Detroit is forcing 14.6 turnovers per game and allowing 30.6 percent from deep.
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The Rhode Island Rams have also split their last six games and play their first game in a week. On the season, Rhode Island is averaging 67.9 points on 48.7 percent shooting and is allowing 57.1 points on 39.4 percent shooting. E.C. Matthews is averaging 17.1 points on 46.4 percent shooting and Hassan Martin is averaging 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jared Terrell is the third player averaging double-digit points and Gilvydas Biruta is grabbing six rebounds. The Rhode Island Rams are an Atlantic 10 contender mainly due to a defense that’s forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and holding teams to 29.1 percent shooting from deep. Rhode Island has allowed 68 or less points in eight of its first nine games. Offensively, Rhode Island is shooting 60.9 percent from the line and 31 percent from beyond the arc.
The Titans are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Rams are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
While Rhode Island has NCAA tournament potential, Detroit has kept four of its five losses to single digits, including a game against the Wichita State. Give me the Titans and as many points as possible.