Rhode Island Rams vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rhode Island Rams vs Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, WI
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Rhode Island (+10)
Kohl Center is the site where and the Wisconsin Badgers (3-1) will take on the Rhode Island Rams (3-2) on Wednesday. Wisconsin opens this matchup as 10-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 136.
Rhode Island comes into this game with a win-loss record of 3-2 this year. They are turning it over 12.8 times per game and as a unit they are committing 22.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Rhode Island is pulling down 35.4 boards per game and has accumulated 52 assists for the season, which is 121st in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Rams are connecting on 32.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (28 of 87) and 72.4% from the charity stripe. They average 79.2 points per game (90th in D-1) while hitting 47.8% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Rams are able to force 13.2 turnovers per game while drawing 23.6 personal fouls. The Rams are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.7% (118 of 297) and they surrender 38.4 boards per contest as a group. They are 161st in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 44 relinquished on the year. They give up 30.6% on 3-pointers and they rank 187th in D-1 in points per game allowed (73.0).
The Rhode Island Rams took the court against the Seton Hall Pirates and notched a win by a score of 76-63 in their last contest. Rhode Island ended having earned a 44.8% FG percentage (26 out of 58) and converted 8 of their 19 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Rams converted 16 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 35 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 11 assists for this contest as well as having 8 steals and 8 blocked shots. With respect to the defense, Rhode Island allowed the other team to shoot 44.8% from the floor on 26 of 58. Seton Hall dished out 10 dimes and 4 steals for this game. On top of that, the Pirates snagged 35 rebounds (7 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 8 blocks. Seton Hall finished 56.5% when shooting free throws by knocking down 13 of their 23 attempts. They knocked down 6 of their 16 attempts from distance.
Fatts Russell is one player who saw a lot of action in this contest. He racked up 17 points on 4 out of 12 shooting. He played for 35 minutes and also pulled down 1 rebounds. Russell shot 33.3% from the floor and recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in this matchup for the Rams was Jeremy Sheppard. He pulled down 4 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 55.6% from the floor in this contest by going 5-of-9 (14 points). When the final whistle was blown, Sheppard was on the hardwood for 29 min.
Wisconsin has a mark of 3-1 on the year. Wisconsin has accounted for 316 points for the campaign (79.0 per contest) and they grab 38.8 rebounds per game. The Badgers are committing 17.8 fouls per contest and they go 77.8% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Badgers are shooting 47.2% from the floor, which ranks 140th in college basketball. They are getting an assist 15.5 times per game (100th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 8.5 times per game. The Badgers on defense are ranked 34th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 58.5. They have forced 11.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 34.7% from the floor (21st in college hoops). The Wisconsin defense gives up 31.3% on shots from 3-point land (20 of 64) and opponents are converting on 75.3% of their foul shots. They have allowed 7.5 assists and 32.8 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 16th and 84th in those categories on the defensive end.
In their last game, the Wisconsin Badgers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 67-65 when they faced the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Badgers recorded 21 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 31 in the game. They turned away 4 attempts while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Golden Eagles were called for 17 fouls in this matchup which took the Badgers to the free throw line for a total of 19 tries. They were able to make 16 of them for a clip of 84.2%. When talking about shots from downtown, Wisconsin converted 7 out of 24 attempts (29.2%). At the conclusion of this game, the Badgers went 21 out of 56 from the field which gave them a percentage of 37.5%. The Badgers allowed the Golden Eagles to bury 21 of their 49 attempts from the field which had them shooting 42.9% for this game. They shot 35.7% from three-point range by shooting 5 of 14 and finished the contest at 20 of 28 at the free throw line (71.4%). When talking about rebounds, Wisconsin allowed Marquette to snag 33 in all (8 on the offensive glass).
D'Mitrik Trice saw the court a lot for the Badgers in the game. He knocked down 6 of 14 in this matchup for a rate of 42.9%, which had him sitting at 17 points. Trice totaled 6 boards in his 31 mins and earned 2 assists in this game. An additional guy who saw a lot of minutes for Wisconsin was Aleem Ford. He ended up with 9 points in his 28 minutes on the court by way of 3 of 10 from the floor in this matchup. Ford ended the game having shot 30.0% from the floor while earning 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Wisconsin (-10)
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