The Rhode Island Rams and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.
The Rhode Island Rams need a win here to get a game above a .500 record. The Rhode Island Rams are averaging 73.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 71.3 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Fatts Russell is averaging 15.4 points and 3.8 assists while Jeremy Sheppard is averaging 10.6 points and 2.3 assists. Antwan Walker is dishing 1.3 assists and Allen Betrand is grabbing 0.8 rebounds. The Rhode Island Rams are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rhode Island Rams are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game.
The Massachusetts Minutemen look for a win to get a game above a .500 record. The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 86.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 79.3 points on 48 percent shooting. Tre Mitchell is averaging 20.7 points and 7.2 rebounds while Carl Pierre is averaging 15.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Noah Fernandes is the third double-digit scorer and Javohn Garcia is dishing 2.2 assists. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.
The Rams are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Minutemen are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 home games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The over is 36-16 in Rams last 52 road games. The over is 6-0 in Minutemen last 6 overall. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Massachusetts Minutemen are better than what they’ve shown through six games, but that defensive effort has to improve if they’re going to be taken seriously. The Rhode Island Rams have been solid at both ends of the floor and have had seemed decent success lately at covering numbers. We’re also getting some value here with Rhode Island, as the public has hammered UMass early. I’ll lay the bucket with Rhode Island.