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West Virginia vs. Rhode Island - 12/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rhode Island Rams (4-3) at West Virginia Mountaineers (6-3)
Date & Time Sunday December 16, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -7 -- Over/Under: 144
TV Channel
CBSS
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The Rhode Island Rams and the West Virginia Mountaineers will meet up in college basketball action on Sunday. 

Rhode Island enters this one at 4-3 on the season. The Rams have thus far fallen to Charleston, Stony Brook and Providence but notched wins over Bryant, Harvard, Brown and Holy Cross this season. 

In the Crusaders game, Rhode Island’s Cyril Langevin posted a double-double on 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Daron Russell also posted 19 points alongside five rebounds and two assists. 

Over on the West Virginia side, they’re sitting at 6-3 this season. Aside from falling to Buffalo, Western Kentucky and Florida, the Mountaineers have beaten Monmouth, Saint Joseph’s, Valparaiso, Rider, Youngstown State and Pittsburgh. 

In the Panthers game, WVU’s James Bolden led the team on 18 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Sagaba Konate nearly had a double-double with his 16 points and nine rebounds there. 

Rhode Island is 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight versus the Big 12 and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 Sunday games. The Rams are 0-7 ATS in their last seven following a straight-up win and 0-6 ATS in their last six following an ATS win. 

Meanwhile, the Mountaineers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 versus the Atlantic-10 and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 overall. WVU is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 0-5 ATS in their last five neutral-site games. 

Rhode Island is something of an all-or-nothing team this year, as they haven’t been scoring much in their losses (163 points combined in those three games) but if they put up the points, they win (at least 71 in each of their four victories). 

The Mountaineers have been solid on defense over their last two outings, so I think they can shut down the Rams here. I’ll go WVU on the cover.

Pick:
West Virginia Mountaineers -7

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