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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Rams underdogs vs Bears at Brown

Rhode Island RamsBrown Bears
7-6January 02, 2014, 07:00 | Pizzitola Sports Center6-5

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Thursday when the Rams of Rhode Island hit the hard court against the Bears of Brown.

Brown battles the Rams, currently sitting with a 7-6 mark (4-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-3 for the Bears and 2-6 for the Rams.

View Rhode Island Rams vs Brown Bears Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bears installed as -4.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game matches up the No. 118 (Bears) and the No. 284 (Rams) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Rhode Island lost its last outing, a 77-64 result against Southern Miss on December 28. They failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. Rhode Island suffered a 77-64 loss against Southern Miss on Saturday, getting 17 points from Xavier Munford in a losing effort at Thomas M. Ryan Center.

Last time out for Brown, they were a 68-65 loser as they battled Niagara on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. Brown suffered a 68-65 loss against Niagara on Sunday, getting 19 points from Sean McGonagill in a losing effort at Gallagher Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Rams is ranked No. 134 in NCAA hoops at 36.46 per game. Contrast that with Brown’s No. 14 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Brown is the No. 95-ranked team in the country at 6.82 per game, while Rhode Island rates No. 220 at 4.85 per game.

A few Rams at Bears trends to consider:
Rhode Island is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Rhode Island is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rhode Island's last 5 games on the road
Rhode Island is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Brown
Brown is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Brown is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home
Brown is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Rhode Island
Brown is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games when playing Rhode Island

Next up:
Rhode Island at LSU, Saturday, January 4th
Brown at New Hampshire, Tuesday, January 7th