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Rhode Island vs UMass Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/18/23

UMass Minutemen (13-13) vs. Rhode Island Rams (8-17)
February 18, 2023 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Rhode Island Rams -5 / UMass Minutemen +5; Over/Under: +140.5
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The UMass Minutemen and Rhode Island Rams meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Ryan Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.

The UMass Minutemen Betting Preview

The UMass Minutemen are averaging 71.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 72.2 points on 44 percent shooting. Noah Fernandes is averaging 13.4 points and 2.5 rebounds, while Matt Cross is averaging 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. RJ Luis is the third double-digit scorer and Dyondre Dominguez is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The UMass Minutemen are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.7 percent from the free throw line. The UMass Minutemen are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game.

The Rhode Island Rams Betting Preview

The Rhode Island Rams are averaging 66.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting and allowing 69.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Ishmael Leggett is averaging 16.1 points and 2.3 assists, while Brayon Freeman is averaging 14.3 points and 3 rebounds. Jalen Carey is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Martin is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Rhode Island Rams are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Rhode Island Rams are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game.

The Minutemen are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rams are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 13-27 ATS in their last 40 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Minutemen last 5 road games. The over is 5-2 in Rams last 7 overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Randy’s Free Pick

The Rhode Island Rams should have the edge here at home, but the bottom line is neither of these teams are playing well or covering numbers. I want nothing to do with either of these teams, especially in the favorite role. Rhode Island isn’t winning games and is 9-15 ATS on the season. UMass is just as bad, but at least we’re getting free points. It’s UMass or pass for me.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: UMass Minutemen +5

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Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA. Follow Randy Chambers on Twitter.

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