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Rhode Island vs. Providence - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Providence Friars (6-1) at Rhode Island Rams (4-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)

The Line: Rhode Island Rams -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The Providence Friars will travel to the Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Providence Friars won their 5th straight game and improved to 6-1 on the season after defeating the Rider Broncs, 88-84, this past Wednesday. Providence had more of a game then they expected with Rider as they didn’t pull away until an 8-0 run gave the Friars a 79-71 lead with 2:49 left in regulation. Providence shot 45.9% from the field and forced Rider into committing 21 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Friars was Rodney Bullock who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, Providence is averaging 80.7 ppg on 50.3% shooting from the field. The Friars are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 47.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Providence has been led by Rodney Bullock (15.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Kyron Cartwright (12.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Alpha Diallo (10.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Jalen Lindsey (8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Providence is allowing their opponents to average 69.9 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Friars have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

Rhode Island vs. Providence - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rhode Island Rams improved to 4-2 on the season after defeating the Brown Bears, 86-62, this past Tuesday. Rhode Island was outstanding on the defensive end of the ball in the 1st half and had little trouble putting away the Bears after taking a 52-30 lead with 16:50 left in regulation. Rhode Island shot 61.0% from the field and 63.6% (7-11) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rams was Jared Terrell who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist. On the season, Rhode Island is averaging 78.2 ppg on 50.3% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 43.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Rhode Island has been led by Jared Terrell (19.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 spg), E.C. Matthews (14.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 spg), Stanford Robinson (10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 3.2 spg), and Jeff Dowtin (8.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.5 apg). Defensively, Rhode Island is allowing their opponents to average 70.0 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of 4.8.

The Friars are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games vs. A-10 opponents. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

Providence survived a tough battle against Rider, however the Friars have been good on both sides of the ball this season as they rank T-94th in scoring offense, 33rd in FG%, and T-135th in scoring defense. Rhode Island has one of the best backcourts in the A-10 in Jared Terrell and E.C. Matthews have shot the ball well this season as the Rams rank 32nd in FG% and 14th in 3P-FG%. This should be a close game, however, Rhode Island generally plays well at home and as they have solid experience in their lineup, I think Rhode Island does enough to cover this small spread. 

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