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Rhode Island Rams vs. Fordham Rams - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Fordham Rams (5-7) at Rhode Island Rams (9-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)

The Line: Rhode Island Rams -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Fordham Rams will travel to the Thomas M. Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Wednesday night.

The Fordham Rams dropped to 5-7 (0-1 A-10) on the season after losing to the VCU Rams 75-58 this past Sunday. Fordham struggled form beyond the arc as they shot only 17.4% (4-23) and committed 28 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was Mandell Thomas who had a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 steals. Fordham is currently ranked 220th in the RPI Standings and have played the 88th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by Eric Paschall (15.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Mandell Thomas (13.3 rpg, 4.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.3 spg). Offensively, Fordham is averaging 64.5 ppg (ranked 259th) on 41.1% shooting (ranked 272th). The Rams are currently shooting just 28.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 312th). Defensively, Fordham is allowing 67.5 ppg (ranked 210th) on 44.0% shooting. The Rams average 7.6 spg (ranked 27th) and 4.6 bpg (ranked 74th). Fordham is averaging 14.17 offensive rpg (ranked 19th), 25.0 defensive rpg (ranked 123rd), and 39.17 total rpg (ranked 41st). 

Rhode Island Rams vs. Fordham Rams - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rhode Island Rams won their 4th straight game and improved to 9-3 (1-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Saint Louis Billikens 65-53 this past Saturday. The Rams shot 46.2% from the field and forced the Billikens to commit 21 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Rhode Island was Hassan Martin who had 15 points and 8 rebounds. The Rams are currently ranked 44th in the RPI Standings and have played the 86th ranked SOS. On the season Rhode Island have been led by E.C. Matthews (16.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.3 apg) and Hassan Martin (11.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg). Offensively, the Rams are averaging 70.9 ppg (ranked 114th) on 47.9% shooting (ranked 34th). Rhode Island struggles a bit from the free-throw line as they are averaging 64.9% as a team (ranked 280th). Defensively, the Rams are holding their opponents to an average of 56.6 ppg (ranked 17th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 62nd). Rhode Island has held their opponents to just 26.8% from beyond the arc (ranked 8th). The Rams grab an average of 24.92 defensive rpg (ranked 136th) and 35.92 total rpg (ranked 139th).

Fordham is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss, however, just 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 road games. Rhode Island is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the A-10 and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall.

Rhode Island is a very underrated team and has been impressive at home this season. Fordham has struggled on the offensive end however, they have played some difficult competition early in the season with games against Penn State, Maryland, Saint John’s and VCU. Although I do like what Rhode Island has shown this season, Fordham did a good job hanging around in their recent game against VCU. I’m probably going to stay away from this one, but if I was going to take someone I would take Fordham and the points.  

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