Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Rhode Island Rams - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rhode Island Rams (4-2) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (4-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)
The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rhode Island Rams go on the road for the first time when they visit the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
The Rhode Island Rams used to be a competitive program in the Atlantic Ten behind a big offense back in their glory days several years ago. The Rams are hoping this is the season when they crack the top four and make some noise once again. URI has been leaning on their defense mostly and need the offense to come around and provide consistent support. That didn't happen in a 64-62 loss to Georgia Tech with just 18 points to work with. The Yellow Jacks 45% shooting was solid but URI forced 18 turnovers which in the end didn't matter with their own 44% accuracy and 3-16 on threes with 16 giveaways of their own. EC Matthews pumped in 17 points with Hassan Martin and Jared Terrell tossing in ten points each while TJ Buchanan scored nine.
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The scoop on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles is too much was lost to be a real factor in the CUSA although seeing is believing from where I stand. The Golden Eagle haven't played the toughest schedule in the land but they are 4-2 after defeating North Dakota State 78-65 as a three point home favorite on Wednesday. USM put this in the win column by the half with an 18 point lead behind scorching hot 64% marksmanship that included 10-20 from the perimeter. The Bison hit at 46% which was still no match for the Golden Eagles who sported five double digit scorers. Matt Bingaya topped the team with 15 points with Chip Armelin posting 14 points. Rasham Suarez came through with a 13 point, five pull and six assist effort while Shadell Millinghaus and Norville Carey combined for 21 points.
The Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss while going 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Rhode Island are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Golden Eagles are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games while going 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 home games. Southern Miss are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. I think the Golden Eagles have taken a step back and Rhode Island has taken a step forward so the Rams at Pick?