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Rhode Island Rams visit Saint Joseph's Hawks in college basketball clash

Rhode Island RamsSaint Joseph's Hawks
10-9January 22, 2014, 07:00 | Hagan Arena11-5

The Rhode Island Rams will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Hawks in Saint Joseph's at Hagan Arena on Wednesday in college basketball action.

This season, the Hawks are 12-5 overall and 7-5-1 ATS, while the Rams are 10-9 and 8-6 ATS. As for the totals, Saint Joseph's boasts a 6-7 on the OU, and Rhode Island is 6-8.

View Rhode Island Rams vs Saint Joseph's Hawks Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Saint Joseph's sat as -9.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Hawks - Rams odds would favor the Hawks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Saint Joseph's is rated No. 122 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Rhode Island is at No. 223.

In their last action, Rhode Island was a 71-69 winner at home against George Mason. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Xavier Munford went off for 28 points and added 3 rebounds, leading Rhode Island over George Mason, 71-69, on Saturday at Thomas M. Ryan Center.

Last time out for Saint Joseph's, they were an 85-68 winner as they battled Pennsylvania on the road. They covered in the match as a 7-point favorite. The Hawks grabbed an 85-68 win over the Quakers on Saturday, behind a 20-point effort from Langston Galloway at Palestra.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Saint Joseph's's No. 102-ranked scoring average of 74.18 PPG, against a Rams defense rated No. 78 and allowing 67.26 PPG. The Hawks FG% has averaged 48.19% to date this season, more than the Rams shooters have managed so far (42.57% per game).

A few Rams at Hawks trends to consider:
Rhode Island is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Rhode Island is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Rhode Island is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Rhode Island is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Saint Joseph's
Saint Joseph's is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
Saint Joseph's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Saint Joseph's is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Rhode Island
Saint Joseph's is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games when playing Rhode Island

Next up:
Rhode Island home to Dayton, Saturday, January 25th
Saint Joseph's at Richmond, Saturday, January 25th