Rhode Island Rams vs USF Bulls Prediction, 11/28/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rhode Island Rams vs USF Bulls
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Rhode Island (+1)
Mohegan Sun Arena is the venue where and the USF Bulls (14-17 last year) will play the Rhode Island Rams (21-9 last season) on Saturday. South Florida opens this matchup as 1-point favorites. The total has been set at 139.
Rhode Island enters this game after finishing with a mark of 21-9 last year. They gave up possession 11.8 times per game and as a team committed 17.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a group, Rhode Island collected 38.7 boards per contest and totaled 378 assists over the course of last season, which ranked 263rd in D-1 in terms of passing. The Rams hit on 31.5% on three-point attempts (170 of 539) and 67.6% from the free throw line. They averaged 73.3 points per game (112th in the nation) while shooting 42.3% from the field. On defense, the Rams forced their opponents into 15.1 turnovers per game while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. They were ranked 183rd in Division 1 in giving up assists with 397 relinquished last year. The Rams defense gave up a FG percentage of 41.8% (752 of 1,799) and they surrendered 38.0 rebounds per contest as a group. They relinquished 29.7% on shots from downtown and they ranked 167th in college hoops in PPG allowed (68.9).
The Rhode Island Rams took the court against the Boston College Eagles and took a loss by a final of 69-64 in their last contest. Rhode Island wrapped up the contest with a 45.6% FG percentage (26 out of 57) and converted 3 out of their 18 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Rams converted 9 of their 18 attempts for a rate of 50.0%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected 28 with 3 of them being offensive. They also doled out 7 assists for this game as well as having 8 steals and 3 blocked shots. Pertaining to defense, Rhode Island allowed the other team to go 45.6% from the field on 26 of 57. Boston College earned 8 dimes and 4 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Eagles had 32 boards (7 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Boston College ended up shooting 58.8% when shooting free throws by making 20 of 34 attempts. They converted 7 of 22 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Fatts Russell is a guy who was pivotal in this game. He totaled 23 points on 9 out of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes played and snagged 3 boards. Russell finished the game at 45.0% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. An additional guy that played a role in this matchup for the Rams was Jalen Carey. He collected 3 rebounds and also collected 3 dimes. He finished 50.0% from the floor for this game by connecting on 3-of-6 (8 points). When this game wrapped up, Carey played for 28 minutes.
South Florida had a mark of 14-17 last year. The Bulls were responsible for committing 17.5 fouls every game and they connected on 65.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 10.2 times per game (342nd in college basketball) and they lost possession by turning the ball over 14.6 times per game. South Florida tallied 1,943 pts last season (62.7 per game) and they averaged 33.9 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Bulls connected on 40.6% from the field, which ranked them 323rd in the nation. The Bulls defensively were ranked 21st in the nation in points given up per game with 62.7. The South Florida defense allowed 33.4% on 3-pointers (207 of 620) and their opponents knocked down 68.4% of their free throw shots. They forced their opponents into 15.3 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 44.3% from the field (255th in D-1). They allowed 11.3 assists and 31.3 rebounds per game, which ranked them 73rd and 27th in Division 1.
The last time they took the hardwood, the USF Bulls walked away with a victory by a final of 94-84 when they played the Florida College Falcons. The Bulls collected 27 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 for the game. They turned away 2 attempts while getting 6 steals in this contest. The Falcons had 15 personal fouls for this game which took the Bulls to the charity stripe for 20 tries. They were able to convert 15 of those for a rate of 75.0%. Concerning shooting from distance, South Florida converted 9 of their 24 tries (37.5%). In all, the Bulls finished shooting 35 out of 67 from the field which gave them a percentage of 52.2%. The Bulls permitted the Falcons to make 32 out of their 67 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.8% for this game. They shot 33.3% from three-point range by shooting 11 out of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 9 out of 10 from the free throw line (90.0%). In relation to cleaning the glass, South Florida allowed Florida College to snag 18 in total (3 on the offensive side).
David Collins played big minutes for the Bulls in the matchup. He converted 6 out of 10 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 60.0%, which earned him 17 points. Collins pulled down 3 boards in his 26 minutes and added 5 assists for the matchup. Someone else who saw a lot of court time for South Florida was Justin Brown. He totaled 15 points in 26 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 11 shooting for the game. Brown finished going 54.5% from the field and also contributing 3 dimes and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Rhode Island (+1)
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