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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Rams underdogs vs Friars at Rhode Island

Providence FriarsRhode Island Rams
7-2December 05, 2013, 08:00 | Thomas M. Ryan Center6-3



Rhode Island will look to improve on its 6-3 record on Thursday when they host Providence in NCAA basketball odds action at Thomas M. Ryan Center.

The Rams bring a 6-3 record (2-3 ATS) to this tilt against the 7-2 Friars, who are 4-4-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Rhode Island go 1-4 so far and the Friars go 3-6.

View Providence Friars vs Rhode Island Rams Odds and Stats.

The Rams were listed as 7-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Rams sit at No. 305 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Friars sit at No. 15 on the same chart.

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In their last action, Providence was a 79-65 loser at home against Kentucky. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. The Friars endured a 79-65 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Sunday, despite a 23-point effort from Bryce Cotton at Barclays Center.

Rhode Island was a 61-54 loser in its last match on the road against George Mason. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Rhode Island suffered a 61-54 loss against George Mason on Saturday, getting 13 points from Xavier Munford in a losing effort at Patriot Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Rhode Island's No. 124-rated squad against Providence's No. 115-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Rhode Island rates No. 220 in the country with 4.67 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 160 nationally with 5.56 per match.

A few Friars at Rams trends to consider:
Providence is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Providence is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Providence is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Providence is 6-18 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Rhode Island is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Rhode Island is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Rhode Island is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Providence
Rhode Island is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Providence


Next up:
Providence home to Yale, Tuesday, December 17th
Rhode Island at Detroit, Sunday, December 8th

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