Rhode Island Rams vs. George Washington Colonials - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
George Washington Colonials (16-5) at Rhode Island Rams (14-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)
The Line: Rhode Island Rams -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The George Washington Colonials will travel to the Thomas M. Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The George Washington Colonials had their four game winning streak snapped and dropped to 16-5 (6-2 A-10) on the season after losing 72-48 to the VCU Rams this past Tuesday. George Washington struggled offensively, as they shot just 26.9% from the field and 5.9% (1-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Colonials was Kethan Savage who had 18 points and 6 rebounds. George Washington is ranked 47th in the RPI Standings and has played the 191st ranked SOS. On the season, the Colonials have been led by Patricio Garino (13.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 spg) and Kethan Savage (12.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, George Washington is averaging 68.5 ppg (ranked 148th) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 111th). The Colonials average just 4.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 317th) and grab 12.0 offensive rpg (ranked 86th). Defensively, George Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 60.0 ppg (ranked 37th) on 39.7% shooting (ranked 58th). The Colonials grab 37.1 total rpg (ranked 66th) and have a rebound margin of 4.7 (ranked 49th).
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The Rhode Island Rams won their 3rd straight game and improved to 14-5 (6-2 A-10) on the season after defeating the Fordham Rams 64-63 this past Wednesday. Rhode Island shot 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc and forced Fordham to commit 16 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Rams was Jared Terrell who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Rhode Island is ranked 68th in the RPI Standings and has played the 159th ranked SOS. On the season, the Rams have been led by E.C. Matthews (16.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 apg) and Hassan Martin (11.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.2 bpg). Offensively, Rhode Island is averaging 66.9 ppg (ranked 189th) on 46.3% shooting (ranked 56th). The Rams shoot just 62.7% from the free-throw line (ranked 327th) and average 14.3 turnovers per game (ranked 286th). Defensively, Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 57.2 ppg (ranked 14th) on 39.1% shooting (ranked 43rd). The Rams are holding teams to 27.3% shooting form beyond the arc (ranked 7th) and grab 25.16 defensive rpg (ranked 92nd).
The Colonials are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game however, just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Rams are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
George Washington is one of the more well-balanced teams in the country, however, have struggled a bit recently on the offensive end in conference away games. Rhode Island escaped from Fordham with a win and although they can have trouble on the offensive end at times, they are one of the best defensive teams in the country. Rhode Island is a great team on their home court and what I’ve seen lately from George Washington away from home, I think Rhode Island will win this game and cover the spread. Take Rhode Island to cover this small spread.