Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Rhode Island Rams Prediction, 1/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Rhode Island Rams
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: Ryan Center in Kingston, RI
Odds/Point Spread: Saint Joseph's (+12.5)
Ryan Center is the venue where and the Rhode Island Rams (4-5) will take on the Saint Joseph's Hawks (0-6) on Sunday. The odds on this contest have Rhode Island as 12.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 155.
Saint Joseph's enters this game with a mark of 0-6 this year. They have an average of 73.0 pts per game (175th in the country) while going 40.4% from the floor. The Hawks are connecting on 28.2% on shots from 3-point land (51 of 181) and 74.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Saint Joseph's is snagging 32.2 rebounds per contest and has racked up 87 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 230th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 16.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 23.7 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Hawks are able to force 13.8 turnovers per game while drawing 19.2 fouls. They are giving up 38.7% from beyond the arc while they are 332nd in the country in points per game allowed (90.2). The Hawks are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 47.6% (176 of 370) and they surrender 43.0 rebounds per game as a group. They rank 200th in D-1 in allowing assists with 102 conceded so far this year.
The Saint Joseph's Hawks played the VCU Rams and went home with a loss by a final score of 80-64 in their last contest. Saint Joseph's finished the game with a 38.0% FG percentage (19 of 50) and made 7 of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Hawks converted 19 of their 25 tries for a percentage of 76.0%. In terms of hauling in boards, they collected a total of 31 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 16 assists in this matchup as well as having 2 steals and 2 blocks. Regarding the defense, Saint Joseph's allowed their opponent to shoot 38.0% from the field on 19 of 50 shooting. VCU earned 8 dimes and had 13 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Rams pulled down 31 rebounds (11 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 2 rejections. VCU finished the contest at 64.5% at the charity stripe by knocking down 20 of 31 tries. They also knocked down 8 out of their 19 tries from distance.
Dahmir Bishop is one guy who was a contributor in the matchup. He walked away with 20 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He played for 23 mins played and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Bishop shot 46.2% from the field and also recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Hawks was Taylor Funk. He snagged 6 boards and also had 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 44.4% from the field for the contest by going 4-of-9 (10 points). When this game wrapped up, Funk played 25 minutes.
Rhode Island has a win-loss mark of 4-5 on the season. Rhode Island has scored 644 pts on the season (71.6 per contest) and they collect 35.4 boards per game. The Rams are responsible for committing 21.7 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 67.2% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Rams are hitting on 45.7% from the floor, which is ranked 148th in the nation. They are earning an assist 10.4 times per game (309th in the country) and they are giving up possession 14.2 times per game. The Rams on the defensive side of the court are 165th in the country in points given up per game with 70.0. They relinquish 10.1 dimes and 36.9 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 36th and 235th in college hoops. The Rhode Island defense gives up 31.9% on three-point shots (59 of 185) and their opposition makes 65.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 13.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.1% from the floor (84th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Rhode Island Rams walked away with a victory by a final of 63-57 when they played the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. The Rams corralled 25 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for the game. They also rejected 4 attempts while earning 10 steals in this contest. The Bonnies committed 25 fouls for the matchup which took the Rams to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They were able to make 15 of them for a rate of 60.0%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, Rhode Island made 4 of 16 tries (25.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Rams finished shooting 22 out of 46 from the field which had them sitting at 47.8%. The Rams allowed the Bonnies to make 24 out of their 61 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.3% for the contest. They finished 33.3% from three-point range by going 5 of 15 and ended up shooting 4 out of 10 at the charity stripe (40.0%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Rhode Island permitted St. Bonaventure to get 26 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
Jeremy Sheppard ended up having an impact for the Rams in this matchup. He made 5 of 7 for the contest for a field goal rate of 71.4%, which earned him 17 points. Sheppard grabbed 2 rebounds in his 27 mins and had 2 assists in the matchup. Someone else who came through for Rhode Island was Antwan Walker. He scored 11 points in his 27 minutes played via 5 out of 10 shooting for the contest. Walker ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while earning 2 assists and 10 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Rhode Island (-12.5) and over 155 points
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