UMass vs. Rhode Island - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UMass vs. Rhode Island - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Rhode Island Rams (20-9) at UMass Minutemen (14-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm (William D. Mullins Center)

The Line: UMass Minutemen +3.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5

TV: ESPN+

The Rhode Island Rams and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Saturday in college basketball action at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.

The Rhode Island Rams need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Rhode Island Rams are averaging 73.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.1 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Fatts Russell is averaging 19.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while Jeff Dowtin is averaging 14.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. Tyrese Martin is the third double-digit scorer and Cyril Langevine is grabbing 10.4 rebounds. The Rhode Island Rams are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Rhode Island Rams are allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Rhode Island Rams have won four of their last six road games. 

The Massachusetts Minutemen look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 68.7 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Tre Mitchell is averaging 16.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while TJ Weeks is averaging 14.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. Carl Pierre is the third double-digit scorer and Sean East II is dishing 4.7 assists. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Massachusetts Minutemen have won five of their last six home games.

The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Rhode Island Rams have been the better team overall this season, but they're not playing good ball lately, losing their last five games by an average of four points while shooting just 38.2 percent from the field. The Massachusetts Minutemen are 12-2-1 against the spread at home where they win by an average of 7.2 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from deep. I'll take my chances with UMass and the free points based on how good they've been straight up and against the spread at home.

Randy’s Pick UMass Minutemen +3.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.