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Rhode Island vs. Massachusetts - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Massachusetts at Rhode Island
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ryan Center
Kingston, Rhode Island
The Line
The Line: Rhode Island -8.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Massachusetts Minutemen and Rhode Island Rams meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Ryan Center.

The Massachusetts Minutemen could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 70.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Luwane Pipkins is averaging 16.3 points and 5.3 assists while Carl Pierre is averaging 11.5 points and two rebounds. Jonathan Laurent is dishing 1.5 assists and Rashaan Holloway is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Massachusetts Minutemen haven’t won a road game since December 7.

The Rhode Island Rams look for another win to build on their three-game winning streak. The Rhode Island Rams are averaging 68.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 43 percent shooting. Jeff Dowtin is averaging 15.2 points and 3.9 assists while Cyril Langevine is averaging 14.4 points and 9.9 rebounds. Fatts Russell is the third double-digit scorer and Christion Thompson is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Rhode Island Rams are shooting 27.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Rhode Island Rams are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The Rhode Island Rams have split their last six home games.

The Minutemen are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Rams are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games following a straight up win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games. The home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Rams last 6 home games. The over is 5-1 in Minutemen last 6 overall.

The Massachusetts Minutemen won the first meeting against Rhode Island, but they come into this game in horrible form, which includes losses in seven of their last 10 games and losing their last five games by an average of 6.8 points while not playing a lick of defense. The Rhode Island Rams win at home by an average of 4.3 points and are fresh off two overtime road wins to build their confidence heading into this one. With UMass struggling defensively, this a spot where Rhode Island could get a comfortable victory.

Pick:
Rhode Island -8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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