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Rhode Island Looks For First A-10 Crown Since 1999

For just the fifth time in program history, and the first since 2007, Rhode Island finds themselves in the A-10 conference finals. In order for Rhode Island to win their second conference crown in team history, they will need to defeat perennial A-10 powerhouse VCU Sunday. These two teams met just once this regular season less than three weeks ago in a contest that Rhode Island won 69-59.

SHARK BITES
  • VCU shot just 1-of-15 from beyond the arc against Rhode Island earlier this season.
  • Rhode Island is 1-5 SU in their past 6 games against VCU.
  • VCU is 2-3-1 ATS in their past 6 games.

Rhode Island enters the conference finals on a seven-game winning streak, which includes an 84-60 beat down in the semifinals against Davidson. Hassan Martin and his efficiency has been a big boost for Rhode Island, as the senior is averaging 14.4 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 59.6 percent from the field during the team’s seven-game winning streak. Martin had maybe his most impressive game of the season against VCU with the forward ultimately recording 17 points and 18 rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

VCU hasn’t exactly looked their best during the final weeks of the regular season but victories over George Mason and Richmond have the Rams in the finals. With some of VCU’s big guns struggling with bouts of inconsistency, freshman Samir Dough has stepped up. The Philadelphia native is averaging 13.5 points while shooting 50 percent from the field during the conference tournament.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Rhode Island Rams were listed as 0-point at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

Rhode Island Rams vs VCU Rams Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

VCU Rams battles the Rhode Island Rams, currently sitting with a 23-9 mark (17-14 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals betting, are 17-14 for the VCU Rams and 15-15-1 for the Rhode Island Rams.

The VCU Rams sit at No. 59 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rhode Island Rams sit at No. 44 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature VCU's No. 115-rated squad against Rhode Island's No. 71-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, VCU rates No. 232 in the country with 5.85 per game, while their foes tonight, the Rhode Island Rams rank No. 217 nationally with 6.22 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Rams and Wildcats didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Davidson was handed a 84-60 defeat on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.

The Rams got 18 points from JeQuan Lewis as VCU ran past Richmond 87-77 on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Rhode Island is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Rhode Island is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Rhode Island is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing VCU
  • Rhode Island is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing VCU
  • VCU is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • VCU is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of VCU's last 6 games
  • VCU is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Rhode Island

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