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Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Rhode Island Rams - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rhode Island Rams (11-4) at Massachusetts Minutemen (9-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Mullins Center)

The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Rhode Island Rams will travel to William D. Mullins Memorial Center to take on the UMass Minutemen.

The Rhode Island Rams had their 6th game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-4 (3-1 A-10) on the season after losing to the VCU Rams 65-60 this past Tuesday. Rhode Island shot only 12.5% from three-point range and committed 18 turnovers in the loss. The Rams were led by E.C. Matthews who had 22 points and 7 rebounds. Rhode Island is currently ranked 63rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 115th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams were led by E.C. Matthews (17.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Hassan Martin (11.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg). Offensively, Rhode Island is averaging 69.3 ppg (ranked 143rd) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 49th). The Rams do most of their damage inside the arc as they averaging just 4.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 318th) on 29.4% shooting (ranked 312th). Defensively, Rhode Island is holding their opponents to 57.9 ppg (ranked 23rd) on 39.9% shooting (ranked 83rd). The Rams are holding teams to 27.7% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 14th). Rhode Island averages 36.47 total rpg (ranked 108th) and have a rebound margin of 5.7 (ranked 42nd).

Massachusetts Minutemen vs. Rhode Island Rams - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UMass Minutemen dropped to 9-8 (2-2 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Davidson Wildcats 71-63 this past Wednesday. UMass held Davidson to 24.1% shooting from beyond the arc however, committed 16 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Minutemen was Cady Lalanne who had a double-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. UMass is currently ranked 59th in the RPI Standings and has played the 12th ranked SOS. On the season, the Minutemen have been led by Maxie Esho (13.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Cady Lalanne (12.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.2 bpg). Offensively, UMass is averaging 72.1 ppg (ranked 80th) on 44.5% shooting (ranked 118th). The Minutemen are shooting 70.4% from the free-throw line (ranked 122nd) and average 13.6 assists per game (ranked 122nd). Defensively, UMass is holding their opponents to an average of 72.4 ppg (ranked 306th) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 224th). The Minutemen are averaging 4.6 bpg (ranked 74th) and have 7.2 spg (ranked 95th). UMass is averaging 25.47 defensive rpg (ranked 92nd) and 36.65 total rpg (ranked 102nd).

The Rams are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Minutemen are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Rhode Island is one of the tougher teams to play at home, but are not nearly the same team when the hit the road. Rhode Island will try to make this a slow-paced game with their stellar defensive, however, I don’t see UMass struggling at home against as they did against Davidson earlier in the week. I think Rhode Island struggles offensively in this one and UMass takes home a much-needed win at home. Take UMass to cover this small spread. 

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