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Rhode Island Rams vs Rams College Hoops Game Preview

Rhode Island RamsVirginia Commonwealth Rams
11-11February 06, 2014, 07:00 | Siegel Center18-4

Virginia Commonwealth will look to improve on its 18-4 record on Thursday when they host Rhode Island in NCAA basketball odds action at Siegel Center.

The Rams will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 10-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Rams are 9-11 ATS. Rhode Island is 8-9 on the totals; Virginia Commonwealth is 7-12.

View Rhode Island Rams vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Rams installed as -15-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Rams - Rams odds would favor the Rams if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Virginia Commonwealth is rated No. 8 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Rhode Island is at No. 178.

Rhode Island lost its last outing, an 85-79 result against Fordham on February 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite. The Rams endured an 85-79 loss at the hands of the Rams on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from E.C. Matthews at Rose Hill Gym.

Virginia Commonwealth won its last outing, an 81-70 result against Richmond on February 1. They covered in that game as a 9-point favorite. The Rams grabbed an 81-70 win over the Spiders on Saturday, behind a 14-point effort from Briante Weber at Siegel Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Virginia Commonwealth's No. 50-ranked scoring average of 76.82 PPG, against a Rams defense rated No. 92 and allowing 68.18 PPG. The Rams FG% has averaged 42.27% to date this season, less than the Rams shooters have managed so far (43.53% per game).

Next up:
Rhode Island home to Massachusetts, Sunday, February 9th
Virginia Commonwealth at Saint Joseph's, Saturday, February 8th