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Richmond Spiders vs. Rhode Island Rams - 2/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rhode Island Rams (15-5) at Richmond Spiders (12-10)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Robins Center)

The Line: Richmond Spiders -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBCSN

The Rhode Island Rams will travel to Robins Center to take on the Richmond Spiders this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Rhode Island Rams improved to 15-5 (7-2 A-10) on the season after defeating the George Washington Colonials, 59-55, this past Saturday (Jan 31st). Rhode Island shot 37.3% from the field and 7.1% (1-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rams was Hassan Martin who had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Rhode Island is ranked 64th in the RPI Standings and has played the 158th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by E.C. Matthews (16.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Hassan Martin (11.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.2 bpg). Rhode Island is averaging 66.6 (ranked 201st) on 45.9% shooting (ranked 72nd). The Rams are averaging 14.2 turnovers per game (ranked 287th) and shoot just 64.0% from the free-throw line (ranked 314th). Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 57.1 (ranked 13th) on 39.3% shooting (ranked 46th). The Rams are holding teams to just 27.7% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 7th) and have a rebound margin of 4.0 (ranked 59th).

Richmond Spiders vs. Rhode Island Rams - 2/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Richmond Spiders dropped to 12-10 (5-4 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the La Salle Explorers, 64-62, this past Thursday. Richmond shot 43.6% from the field and 31.6% (6-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Spiders was Kendall Anthony who had 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.. Richmond is ranked 74th in the RPI Standings and has played the 21st ranked SOS. On the season, the Spiders have been led by Kendall Anthony (16.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Terry Allen (12.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg). Richmond is averaging 65 (ranked 228th) on 46.6% shooting (ranked 51st). The Spiders average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 121st) and have an assist/ratio of 1.37 (ranked 22nd).  Richmond is holding their opponents to an average of 59.8 (ranked 33rd) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 160th). The Spiders have a turnover margin of 2.6 (ranked 36th) however, grab just 28.41 rpg (ranked 341st).

The Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Spiders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Rhode Island showed why they are one of the best defensive teams in the country as they force George Washington into committing 21 turnovers in their victory. Richmond got down early and although made a great comeback in the 2nd half, couldn't overcome the Explorers as they were only able to pull down 28 rebounds. Richmond is a small team, however, they certainly can get at you at the defensive end and do a great job of winning the turnover battle. Richmond has been lights at home as of late and as Rhode Island can struggle on the road, I see Richmond using a strong defensive effort to get this cover. Take Richmond to cover!

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Richmond Spiders -4.5

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