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Rhode Island Rams vs. Saint Joseph's Hawks - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Joseph's Hawks (13-16) at Rhode Island Rams (20-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)

The Line: Rhode Island Rams -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: OSN

The Saint Joseph's Hawks will travel to the Thomas M. Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Saint Joseph's Hawks improved to 13-16 (7-10 A-10) on the season after defeating the La Salle Explorers, 55-50, this past Wednesday. Saint Joseph's shot 30.0% from the field and 31.6% (6-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Hawks was Chris Wilson who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Saint Joseph's is ranked 176th in the RPI Standings and has played the 11th ranked SOS. On the season, the Hawks have been led by DeAndre Bembry (17.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Isaiah Miles (10.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 bpg). Saint Joseph's is averaging 61.9 ppg (ranked 302nd) on 40.4% shooting (ranked 297th). The Hawks average 5.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 254th) and commit 12.5 turnovers per game (ranked 160th). Saint Joseph's is holding their opponents to an average of 64.2 ppg (ranked 115th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 140th). The Hawks average 4.5 bpg (ranked 59th) and commit 16.8 personal fouls per game (ranked 69th).

Rhode Island Rams vs. Saint Joseph's Hawks - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rhode Island Rams dropped to 20-8 (12-5 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Dayton Flyers, 75-59, this past Tuesday. Rhode Island shot 50.0% from the field and 25.0% (3-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was E.C. Matthews who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Rhode Island is ranked 67th in the RPI Standings and has played the 154th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by E.C. Matthews (16.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Hassan Martin (11.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.1 bpg). Rhode Island is averaging 67.1 ppg (ranked 179th) on 45.4% shooting (ranked 86th). The Rams average just 4.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 336th) and commit 13.9 turnovers per game (ranked 284th). Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 59.1 ppg (ranked 18th) on 40.5% shooting (ranked 70th). The Rams average 5.6 bpg (ranked 12th) and hold their opponents to 27.9% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 4th).

The Hawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Rams are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.

Both of these teams can really struggle on offensive and rely on their defenses to win games. Saint Joseph's has struggled on the road this season (3-11) however, did recent pick up an impressive 82-71 win at UMass while lost to Dayton by only 4 points just a few weeks ago. The key for Rhode Island's success on offensive is to protect the ball and not settle for three-pointers as they are only shooting 29.0% from beyond the arc (ranked 332nd). Although Rhode Island has dropped 2 of their last 3 games, this is a very difficult team to beat at home and as every win critical for them at this point of the season, I think Rhode Island comes out strong in this one and wins by double digits. Take Rhode Island to cover.

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Rhode Island Rams -11.5

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