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Rhode Island vs. VCU - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Virginia Commonwealth Rams (13-3) at Rhode Island Rams (11-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)

The Line: Rhode Island Rams +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The VCU Rams and Rhode Island Rams play Tuesday night at the Thomas M. Ryan Center.

The VCU Rams have won eight straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, VCU is averaging 76.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 66.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Treveon Graham is averaging 16.5 points and 6.8 rebounds while Melvin Johnson is averaging 14.2 points and 2.1 assists. Briante Weber is dishing 4.9 assists and Jordan Burgess is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The VCU Rams have become a balanced offensive team with six players averaging at least 6.1 points while they’re shooting 63.4 percent from the line and 36.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, VCU is allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last seven games. VCU is 3-1 SU on the road.

Rhode Island vs. VCU - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rhode Island Rams have won six straight games and play their third ranked team. On the season, Rhode Island is averaging 70 points on 47 percent shooting and is allowing 57.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting. E.C. Matthews is averaging 17.4 points and 2.2 assists while Hassan Martin is averaging 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. Gilvydas Biruta is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Jared Terrell is shooting 35 percent from the field. The Rhode Island Rams are an elite defensive team that’s allowing 27 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in nine of their last 10 games. Offensively, Rhode Island is shooting 64.5 percent from the line and 30 percent from beyond the arc. Rhode Island is 7-0 SU this season on its home court.

VCU is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Rhode Island is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Atlantic 10 and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall.

Rhode Island has been a sleeping giant all season and has already shown it can hang with the big boys with a win over Nebraska. Look for Rhode Island to win this game as well, as I haven't been 100 percent sold on VCU.

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Rhode Island Rams +2.5

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