Rhode Island vs. UMass Pick
Will No. 22 Rhode Island go on the road and take care of business against Massachusetts when the two meet tonight at 6:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Rhode Island is favored on the road in this game, as the Rams are getting odds of -10.5 points against UMass. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 140.5 points. Tonight’s game takes place from William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Massachusetts and will air live on the CBS Sports Network.
Rhode Island keeps rolling along, adding to its current win streak with a 61-58 victory over Duquesne at home this weekend. Rhode Island is 17-3 overall, 9-0 in the A-10 and 11-6-1 against the spread. The Rams are averaging 76.6 points per game on offense while allowing 65.8 per game on defense. Jared Terrell is leading Rhode Island this season with 17.9 points per game while E.C. Matthews is adding 14 points per contest.
UMass has lost four straight coming into today, including a 73-51 loss at Rhode Island back on Jan. 17. The Minutemen are 10-12 overall, 3-6 in the A-10 and 9-10 against the spread. UMass is putting up 69.7 points per game on offense this season while allowing 71.6 per game on defense. Luwane Pipkins has been leading the team this season with 19.9 points per game while Carl Pierre is adding 11.6 points per contest.
Rhode Island has won three straight meetings in this series, covering the last two encounters. The Rams have not failed to cover in back-to-back conference games this season and are 3-1 against the spread in their four A-10 games. UMass has failed to cover in any of its last four losses and they are just 1-3 ATS in their last four at home. The public betting is siding with Rhode Island tonight and I think the Rams will cover.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: RHODE ISLAND -10.5