VCU vs Rhode Island College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/9/21

VCU vs Rhode Island College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/9/21 Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Rhode Island Rams (5-6) at VCU Rams (9-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Stuart Siegel Center)

The Line: VCU Rams -5.5 -- Over/Under: 137 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Rhode Island Rams and VCU Rams meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Stuart C. Siegel Center.

The Rhode Island Rams look for a win here to get back to a .500 record. The Rhode Island Rams are averaging 71.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Fatts Russell is averaging 13.8 points and 3.8 assists while Jeremy Sheppard is averaging 10.1 points and 2.4 assists. Antwan Walker is dishing 1.4 assists and Jalen Carey is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Rhode Island Rams are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rhode Island Rams are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game.

The VCU Rams look to stay hot while building on their seven-game winning streak. The VCU Rams are averaging 77.4 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 64.7 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Nah'Shon Hyland is averaging 18.2 points and 1.8 assists while Vince Williams Jr. is averaging 10.6 points and 1.1 assists. KeShawn Curry is grabbing 3.8 rebounds and Jamir Watkins is dishing 0.2 assists. The VCU Rams are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The VCU Rams are allowing 28.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. 

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The Rams are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The over is 35-16 in Rams last 51 road games. The under is 7-3 in Rams last 10 overall. The favorite is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

Both of these teams have been money against the number lately, so there's some value with the free points and the road team. However, the VCU Rams are far and away the more trustworthy team on the defensive side and have improved offensively from past years. VCU is not a team I'm eager to step in front of right now. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with VCU, riding this hot streak.  

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Randy’s Pick VCU Rams -5.5

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