Rhode Island Rams vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 11/18/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Rhode Island Rams vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT
The Rhode Island Rams (3-0) are traveling to Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday where they will try to beat the Northwestern Wildcats (3-0).
The Rhode Island Rams stepped onto the hardwood against Wagner and went home with a win by a final score of 69-53 in their last contest. Rhode Island ended the game having earned a 52.0% field goal percentage (26 out of 50) and knocked down 2 of their 10 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Rams converted 15 of 26 shots for a percentage of 57.7%. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they earned 42 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 16 assists for this game as well as forcing the opposition into 5 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In the matter of the defense, Rhode Island allowed the other team to go 31.7% from the floor on 19 of 60 shooting. Wagner doled out 15 dimes and had 6 steals for the matchup. Furthermore, Wagner grabbed 23 boards (5 offensive, 18 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Wagner shot 55.6% at the charity stripe by making 5 of their 9 tries. They buried 10 of 28 tries from beyond the arc. In the matter of fouls, the Rams ended up with 12 while Wagner recorded 20 fouls.
Jeremy Foumena is one guy who came through for the contest. He shot 57.1% from the floor but finished the game without a dime. He played for 24 mins played and also snagged 7 rebounds. He recorded 16 points on 8 of 14 shooting.
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Rhode Island will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 3-0 for the season. They average 81.0 pts per contest (130th in the country) while connecting on 53.5% from the field. The Rams are hitting 37.2% on 3-pointers (16 of 43) and 55.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Rhode Island is pulling in 43.7 boards per game and has racked up 55 assists on the season, which ranks 53rd in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 16.0 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Rams are able to force 10.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.0 personal fouls. They currently rank 272nd in D-1 in allowing assists with 43 surrendered so far this season. The Rams defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 36.9% (72 of 195) and they surrender 32.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are conceding 32.9% from beyond the arc and they rank 161st in Division 1 in PPG allowed (67.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the Northwestern Wildcats got the win with a final of 63-59 against Western Michigan. When it comes to rebounds, Northwestern permitted Western Michigan to snag 37 in all (13 offensive). They went 32.0% from downtown by shooting 8 out of 25 and finished the contest at 7 out of 12 at the free throw line (58.3%). The Wildcats permitted Western Michigan to make 22 out of their 53 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.5% in this matchup. Overall, the Wildcats finished shooting 23 for 51 from the field which had them at 45.1%. Concerning shots from 3-point land, Northwestern buried 6 out of 26 tries (23.1%). They were able to convert 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 78.6%. Western Michigan was called for 16 personal fouls in the game which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for 14 attempts. They also turned it over 7 times, while getting 9 steals for this contest. The Wildcats were able to snag 15 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds for a total of 18 in this contest.
Boo Buie ended up being a major contributor for the Wildcats in the game. He made 7 out of 14 for this contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 3 rebounds. He recorded 21 points in his 39 minutes of playing time and accounted for 5 dimes in this matchup.
Northwestern has a mark of 3-0 for the year. As an offensive team, the Wildcats are hitting on 44.8% from the field, which ranks 186th in the nation. Northwestern has scored 206 pts so far this season (68.7 per contest) and they grab 28.0 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.0 times per contest (214th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 8.7 times per game. The Wildcats have committed 14.3 fouls per contest and they hit 80.0% from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 71st in the country in points per game surrendered with 62.0. They have forced 17.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.8% from the floor (265th in D-1). The Northwestern defense allows 38.0% on shots from 3-point land (27 of 71) and their opponents are connecting on 74.4% of their foul shots. They have given up 15.7 assists and 31.7 boards per game, which ranks them 318th and 85th in the nation.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Northwestern
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