Butler favored by 16 against Rhode Island on Saturday
Rhode Island Rams vs Butler Bulldogs Odds
The Butler Bulldogs will hit the floor running against the visiting Rhode Island Rams Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.
Butler will face the 6-13 Rams, who own a 9-7-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 12-6 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Rams are 5-6-1 favoring the OVER.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Rams were listed as 16-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulldogs - Rams odds would favor the Bulldogs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Butler is rated No. 41 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Rhode Island is at No. 168. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 73-62 win for the Bulldogs.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Butler's No. 101-ranked offense, averaging 71 PPG, against a Rams defense that ranks No. 142 at 64.8 PPG. The Bulldogs field goal percentage has averaged 46.4% so far, more than the Rams marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.5% per game.
Defensively, Rhode Island features the nation's No. 197-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.6 points per game. Butler, meanwhile, comes in at No. 98 nationally in scoring at home.
Rhode Island lost its last outing, a 70-64 result against Virginia Commonwealth on January 30. They covered in that game as a 13.5-point underdog. Rhode Island got 17 points from Xavier Munford but lost anyway, 70-64, to Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday at Thomas Ryan Center.
Butler lost its last outing, a 75-58 result against Saint Louis on January 31. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog. The Bulldogs endured a 75-58 loss at the hands of the Billikens on Thursday, despite a 17-point effort from Rotnei Clarke at Chaifetz Arena.
Rhode Island Rams Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Massachusetts are 9-1
After playing Virginia Commonwealth are 3-0
After a loss are 5-5
Butler Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
After playing Saint Louis are 1-1
After a loss are 8-2
A few Rams at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Rhode Island is 4-21 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Butler is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Butler is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games
Rhode Island at Massachusetts, Wednesday, February 6
Butler home to St. Bonaventure, Wednesday, February 6