Alabama vs. Rhode Island - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rhode Island Rams (5-2) at Alabama Crimson Tide (6-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Coleman Coliseum)
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have a non-conference college basketball matchup on Wednesday night, as the Rhode Island Rams take on the Alabama Crimson Tide.
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The Rhode Island Rams will look to keep the ball rolling after winning 4 of their last 5 games following a 75-68 victory over Providence last time out. Fatts Russell led the team with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes and 5 rebounds. Jarvis Garrett came 2nd with 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 3 triples and a team-high 4 assists while Andre Berry added 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting with a pair of blocks. Jared Terrell added 11 points and 4 steals, while Jeff Dowtin chipped in 10 points, 4 assists and 3 steals to round out the scoring in double figures for the Rams. Stanford Robinson also contributed 7 points along with a pair of steals and a team-high 12 rebounds in the winning effort. Terrell leads the team in scoring with 17.9 points per game while Dowtin is the team’s top assist getter with 4.4 assists per game and Robinson leads the team on the glass with 5.1 boards per game. As a team, Rhode Island is scoring 77.7 points per game on 49.2% shooting from the field, 40.4% from behind the arc and 70% from the foul line this season.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including a 65-62 loss to UCF last time out. Donta Hall led the team with 20 points on a perfect 9 of 9 shooting from the floor with 4 rebounds and 4 blocks, while John Petty chipped in 12 points as the only two Alabama players to finish in double figures scoring. Dazon Ingram added 6 points with 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Collin Sexton went 0 for 4 from the floor but went 7 of 8 from the foul line. Herb Jones chipped in 4 assists and 5 steals of his own while Daniel Giddens added 4 points and 4 blocks in the losing effort for the Tide. Sexton leads Alabama with an average of 22.1 points and 4 assists per game while Hall is the team’s top rebounder with 6.8 boards per game this season. As a team, Alabama is scoring 80.4 points per game on 50.6% shooting from the field, 38.7% from behind the arc and 63.3% from the foul line this season.
Rhode Island is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 non-conference games. Alabama is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games against the A-10 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the under is 35-16 in their last 51 home games.
I struggled with this pick for quite a while, as I think they are extremely evenly matched. Alabama has struggled against the A-10 as a whole, while Rhode Island has done very well ATS on the road, and I think this is a game that could go down to the wire, so I’ll take a shot with Rhode Island and the points here.