Rhode Island Rams vs. Brown Bears - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Brown Bears (7-6) at Rhode Island Rams (7-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)
The Line: Rhode Island Rams -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Brown Bears travel to the Thomas M. Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Wednesday afternoon.
The Brown Bears defeated the Scared Heart Pioneers 79-76 this past Sunday to improve to 7-6 on the season. The Bears shot 48.3% in the victory and was led by Leland King who had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Brown has won 6 of their last 7 games after starting off the season 1-5. The Bears are currently ranked 229th in the RPI Standings and have played the 287th SOS. On the season Brown have been led by Leland King (15.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), Cedrick Kuakumensah (11.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.4 bpg), and Steven Spieth (10.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, the Bears are averaging 67.7 ppg (ranked 187th) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 175th). Brown shoots 72.4% from the free-throw line as a team. Defensively, the Bears are allowing 70.4 ppg (ranked 264th) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 173rd). Brown struggles protecting the ball as they are currently averaging 17.3 turnovers per game which ranks 339th in the country.
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The Rhode Island Rams improved to 7-3 on the season and 5-0 at home after defeating the Detroit Titans 69-55 on December 20th. The Rams outscored the Titans 39-15 in the second half and held Detroit to just 35.2% shooting. Rhode Island was led by E.C. Matthews who had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Rams are ranked 58th in the RPI Standings and have played the 76th ranked SOS. On the season, Rhode Island have been led by E.C. Matthews (17.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), Hassan Martin (11.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.8 bpg), and Gilvydas Biruta (9.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, the Rams are averaging 70.6 ppg (ranked 127th) on 47.7% shooting (ranked 44th). Rhode Island will look to improve from the free-throw line as they are currently shooting just 63.1% (ranked 304th). Defensively, the Rams are holding their opponents to 56.6 ppg (ranked 18th) on 38.5% shooting (ranked 52nd). Rhode Island does a great job defending the three as they are currently holding their opponents to 26.4% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 5th).
The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
Brown has certainly recovered from their early season struggles but facing Rhode Island on their home court will probably be their toughest challenge to date. I think the Rams defensive will cause the Bears all sorts of trouble and that they run away with this one in the second half. Take the Rams to cover the large spread.