Rhode Island Rams vs UMass Minutemen Prediction, 1/13/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Rhode Island Rams vs UMass Minutemen
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Location: William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Rhode Island (-3)
William D. Mullins Memorial Center is the site where and the UMass Minutemen (3-3) will play the Rhode Island Rams (6-6) on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has Rhode Island as 3-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 152.5.
Rhode Island heads into this one with a win-loss record of 6-6 on the year. The Rams are connecting on 32.5% on shots from distance (68 of 209) and 68.3% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 73.8 pts per game (152nd in the nation) while going 46.2% from the field. They are giving up possession 15.2 times per game and as a group they commit 20.8 fouls per contest. As a team, Rhode Island is pulling down 37.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 129 assists this year, which ranks 191st in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Rams have forced 13.5 turnovers every game and they draw 21.0 personal fouls. They give up 32.7% from beyond the arc while they are 205th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (71.3). The Rams defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 40.4% (287 of 710) and they concede 35.3 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 207th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 134 relinquished so far this season.
The Rhode Island Rams played the VCU Rams and went home with a win by a final score of 83-68 in their last game. Rhode Island ended the contest with a 48.1% field goal percentage (26 of 54) and made 8 of their 14 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Rams converted 23 of 30 shots for a percentage of 76.7%. Regarding rebounding, they collected 35 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 9 assists in the game in addition to earning 8 steals and 3 blocks. Pertaining to defending, Rhode Island allowed their opponent to shoot 48.1% from the floor on 26 out of 54 shooting. VCU distributed 9 dimes and had 10 steals for this contest. In addition, the Rams grabbed 23 boards (3 offensive, 20 defensive) and got 3 blocks. VCU shot 79.2% from the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of their 24 tries. They made 7 out of their 23 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Fatts Russell is a player who was important in this game. He ended up walking away with 23 points on 4 out of 11 shooting. He played 31 mins and collected 9 rebounds. Russell walked away from this one shooting 36.4% from the field and distributed 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Rams was Jeremy Sheppard. He pulled down 7 rebounds and totaled 2 assists. He finished the contest at 61.5% from the field in this matchup via 8-of-13 (20 points). In all, Sheppard was on the court for 31 minutes.
UMass has a mark of 3-3 on the season. The Minutemen are committing 20.0 fouls every game and they hit 72.7% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 16.3 times per game (46th in the country) and they are giving up possession 13.2 times per game. UMass has accounted for 517 pts on the season (86.2 per contest) and they collect 36.7 boards per game. As an offense, the Minutemen are shooting 43.9% from the floor, which ranks 204th in the nation. The Minutemen defensively are ranked 318th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 79.3. They give up 15.2 assists and 35.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 289th and 215th in college hoops. The UMass defense gives up 37.7% on shots from beyond the arc (43 of 114) and opponents are knocking down 68.3% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 16.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (330th in college basketball).
For their last game, the UMass Minutemen got the victory with a final of 83-67 when they played the La Salle Explorers. The Minutemen pulled down 31 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 42 for the game. They also stuffed 6 attempts while earning 4 steals for this contest. The Explorers were called for 23 personal fouls for this contest which got the Minutemen to the charity stripe for a total of 32 tries. They were able to bury 22 of the free throws for a percentage of 68.8%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, UMass made 9 of 25 attempts (36.0%). Overall, the Minutemen finished shooting 26 for 56 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.4%. The Minutemen permitted the Explorers to knock down 28 of their 68 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 41.2% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 29.2% from distance by shooting 7 of 24 and ended up going 4 out of 9 from the free throw line (44.4%). When talking about team rebounding, UMass allowed La Salle to collect 30 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Carl Pierre pitched in for the Minutemen in this matchup. He knocked down 5 of 13 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 38.5%, which had him finishing with 15 points. Pierre snagged 5 boards in his 34 mins and had 2 dimes for the contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for UMass was Cairo McCrory. He notched 15 points in 17 minutes played by way of 6 out of 8 from the floor for this contest. McCrory wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the floor and also collecting 2 assists and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UMass (+3)
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