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Fordham Rams vs. Rhode Island Rams - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rhode Island Rams (13-5) at Fordham Rams (5-12)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Rose Hill Gym)

Fordham Rams +8.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Rhode Island Rams and Fordham Rams will battle at Rose Hill Gymnasium this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Rhode Island Rams improved to 13-5 (5-2 A-10) on the season after defeating the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 53-48 this past Sunday. Rhode Island held St. Bonaventure to 35.3% shooting from the field and 16.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rams was Jared Terrell who had 19 points and 3 rebounds. Rhode Island is ranked 65th in the RPI Standings and has played the 135th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by E.C. Matthews (17.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Hassan Martin (11.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.3 bpg). Offensively, Rhode Island is averaging 67.1 ppg (ranked 187th) on 46.6% shooting (ranked 50th). The Rams are shooting just 64.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 305th) and commit 14.2 turnovers per game (ranked 282nd). Defensively, Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 56.9 ppg (ranked 13th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 42nd). The Rams are holding teams to 27.0% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 7th) and have a rebound margin of 4.8 (ranked 52nd).

Fordham Rams vs. Rhode Island Rams -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Fordham Rams lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 5-12 (0-6 A-10) on the season after losing 79-59 to the George Washington Colonials this past Thursday. Fordham allowed George Washington to shoot 56.3% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was Eric Paschall who had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Fordham is ranked 235th in the RPI Standings and has played the 48th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by Eric Paschall (16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and Mandell Thomas (12.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.2 spg). Offensively, Fordham is averaging 62.4 ppg (ranked 291st) on 39.8% shooting (ranked 306th). The Rams average 15.8 turnovers per game (ranked 332nd) and pull down 13.18 offensive rpg (ranked 35th). Defensively, Fordham is allowing 68.2 ppg (ranked 224th) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 293rd). The Rams average 7.1 spg (ranked 87th) and have a rebound margin of 3.6 (ranked 165th).

Rhode Island is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Fordham is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Rhode Island has had a great season so far, however, Fordham was one of the few teams that gave them a run for their money on their home court. Fordham will have trouble offensively against Rhode Island, but as long as they contain E.C. Matthews, this should be a low scoring game. I took Fordham in the first match-up and as all five of their wins have come on their home court, I think they’ll once again play Rhode Island tough and keep it within this number. Take Fordham and the points.  

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