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LSU Tigers vs Rhode Island Rams Preview

Rhode Island RamsLSU Tigers
8-6January 04, 2014, 05:30 | Pete Maravich Assembly Center9-2

LSU will look to improve on its 9-2 record on Saturday when they host Rhode Island in NCAA basketball odds action at Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Tigers sit at 9-2 (3-4 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Rams are currently 8-6 (5-4 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? LSU is 2-4-1 OU, and Rhode Island is 3-6 OU.

View Rhode Island Rams vs LSU Tigers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Rhode Island before tip-off in this one found them as 14.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tigers rated this week at No. 129 and the Rams sitting at No. 284.

In their last action, Rhode Island was a 75-66 winner on the road against Brown. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Xavier Munford scored 25 points for Rhode Island on Thursday, leading the Rams to a 75-66 win over Brown at Pizzitola Sports Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features LSU's No. 52-ranked scoring average of 78.73 PPG, against a Rams defense rated No. 86 and allowing 67.07 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 46.24% to date this season, more than the Rams shooters have managed so far (42.99% per game).

A few Rams at Tigers trends to consider:
Rhode Island is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Rhode Island is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rhode Island's last 6 games on the road
LSU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
LSU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Rhode Island home to Saint Louis, Tuesday, January 7th
LSU at Tennessee, Tuesday, January 7th