Rhode Island Rams vs Richmond Spiders Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rhode Island Rams vs Richmond Spiders
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Robins Center in Richmond, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Rhode Island (+6)
The Rhode Island Rams (5-5) go to Robins Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Richmond Spiders (7-3). Richmond opens this contest as 6-point favorites. The O/U opens at 146.
Rhode Island comes into this matchup with a record of 5-5 this season. They turn it over 14.4 times per contest and as a team are committing 21.1 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Rhode Island is pulling in 37.2 rebounds per contest and has totaled 110 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 186th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Rams are connecting on 30.0% on 3-pointers (54 of 180) and 68.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 72.9 pts per game (174th in the country) while connecting on 45.3% from the field. On the defensive end, the Rams are able to force 13.9 turnovers per game and they draw 21.0 fouls. The Rams defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.0% (237 of 592) and they surrender 37.1 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are ranked 188th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 109 conceded for the season. They give up 32.0% on shots from distance while they are 194th in college basketball in points per game allowed (70.7).
The Rhode Island Rams took the court against the Saint Joseph's Hawks and earned the victory with a final of 85-77 in their last contest. Rhode Island wrapped up the contest having earned a 42.7% FG percentage (32 of 75) and made 6 out of their 25 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Rams made 15 of 19 shots for a rate of 78.9%. In terms of hauling in boards, they collected 47 with 12 of them being offensive. They also recorded 16 assists for the matchup while getting 10 steals and 4 blocks. Concerning defense, Rhode Island allowed 42.7% from the field on 32 of 75 shooting. Saint Joseph's earned 18 dimes and had 7 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Hawks pulled down 35 boards (6 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Saint Joseph's ended up going 54.5% from the free throw line by making 6 of 11 shots. They made 13 of their 40 tries from beyond the arc.
Fatts Russell is one guy who played a role for this game. He racked up 20 points on 5 of 14 shooting. He played for 38 mins played and also collected 8 rebounds. Russell ended up shooting 35.7% from the floor and totaled 8 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in this contest for the Rams was Makhel Mitchell. He pulled down 8 rebounds and also collected 2 dimes. He finished shooting 70.0% from the field for the game by going 7-of-10 (15 points). Overall, Mitchell played 26 minutes.
Richmond has a record of 7-3 this season. The Spiders are responsible for committing 15.5 personal fouls every game while shooting 68.4% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.6 times per contest (111th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 11.3 times per contest. Richmond has accounted for 754 pts this season (75.4 per game) and they collect 30.2 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Spiders are shooting 49.7% from the floor, which is ranked 39th in the country. The Spiders on the defensive side of the court are 207th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 71.4. They have allowed 12.1 assists and 35.5 boards on a nightly basis, which is 136th and 195th in Division 1. The Richmond defense concedes 31.2% from downtown (68 of 218) and their opposition makes 65.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 14.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the floor (288th in D-1).
In their last game, the Richmond Spiders went home defeated by a final of 69-66 when they played the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. The Spiders were able to corral 19 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 27 in this matchup. They also turned away 3 shots while getting 6 steals in the matchup. The Bonnies were called for 18 fouls in the matchup which got the Spiders to the free throw line for a total of 21 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of them for a percentage of 66.7%. Concerning shots from distance, Richmond knocked down 6 out of their 24 tries (25.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Spiders shot 23 for 54 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.6%. The Spiders permitted the Bonnies to convert 26 of 57 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.6% in the matchup. They finished 27.8% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 5 of 18 and ended up shooting 12 of 14 at the free throw line (85.7%). In reference to rebounds, Richmond allowed St. Bonaventure to snag 36 overall (11 on the offensive glass).
Blake Francis pitched in for the Spiders in the game. He knocked down 7 out of 15 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 46.7%, which had him finishing with 21 points. Francis snagged 2 rebounds in his 37 mins played and earned 3 assists in this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Richmond was Jacob Gilyard. He walked away with 13 points in 38 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 of 13 from the floor in this game. Gilyard walked away from this one going 38.5% from the field and also totaling 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Rhode Island (+6)
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