Rhode Island Rams (6-4) at Hawaii Warriors (7-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Hawaii Warriors +4 -- Over/Under: 135 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors & Rhode Island Rams will face off in a consolation game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on Christmas afternoon.
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors improved to 7-5 on the season after defeating the Colorado Buffaloes, 70-62 in OT, this past Sunday. Hawaii allowed Colorado to fight back from an 8-point 2nd half deficit to force OT, however, the Rainbow Warriors had no trouble securing the victory in the extra period after a 5-0 run gave Hawaii a 67-60 lead with :30 seconds left in OT. Hawaii held Colorado to 33.9% shooting from the field and 18.2% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors was Zigmars Raimo who had a double-double with 14 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and a steal.
On the season, Hawaii is averaging 72.0 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hawaii has been led by Eddie Stansberry (12.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Jack Purchase (11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Brocke Stepteau (10.5 ppg, 2.8 apg), Zigmars Raimo (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Drew Buggs (9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.3 apg).
Defensively, Hawaii is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of -0.1.
The Rhode Island Rams improved to 6-4 on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 75-61, this past Sunday night. Rhode Island led by a 37-28 margin at halftime and was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 67-53 lead with 3:00 minutes left in regulation. Rhode Island held Charlotte to 38.6% shooting from the field and outrebounded the 49ers by a 36-27 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Rams was Fatts Russell who had 20 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, and 2 steals.
On the season Rhode Island is averaging 72.6 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 5.1 three-pointers per game on 24.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rhode Island has been led by Jeff Dowtin (16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Cyril Langevine (15.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.3 bpg), Fatts Russell (15.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.0 spg), and Christion Thompson (7.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.4 bpg).
Defensively, Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Warriors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. A-10 opponents. The Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games and just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win.
Hawaii picked up a solid win agianst Colorado and although their offense at times can struggle, they can knock down 3-pointers and have a defense that ranks 101st in scoring defense. Rhode Island has won 3 of their 4 games and although heir offense has really struggled, they still have a solid defense that ranks 63rd in scoring defense and 68th in defensive FG%.
Rhode Island isn’t a bad team, however, this is a team I generally like to fade when they are on the road as their offense really can struggle scoring the basketball as they rank 309th in FG% & 351st in 3P-FG%. Hawaii will be playing in front of their home crowd and as I think this will be a game that will come down to the wire, I’m taking Hawaii and the points in this one! Merry Christmas!