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Southern Miss Golden Eagles take on Rams in NCAA basketball test

Southern Miss Golden EaglesRhode Island Rams
11-2December 28, 2013, 02:00 | Thomas M. Ryan Center7-5

Thomas M. Ryan Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Rhode Island Rams and the visiting Southern Miss Golden Eagles in college hoops action on Saturday.

This season, the Rams are 7-5 overall and 4-3 ATS, while the Golden Eagles are 11-2 and 6-4 ATS. As for the totals, Rhode Island boasts a 1-6 on the OU, and Southern Miss is 4-5.

View Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Rhode Island Rams Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Rhode Island in this one found them as 4-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rams rated this week at No. 282 and the Golden Eagles sitting at No. 73.

In their last action, Southern Miss was a 74-60 winner at home against Arkansas-Little Rock. They covered the 12-point spread as favorites. Arkansas-Little Rock got 18 points from James White but lost anyway, 74-60, to Southern Miss on Saturday at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

Rhode Island was a 62-45 winner in its last match at home against New Hampshire. The Rams grabbed a 62-45 win over the Wildcats on Sunday, behind a 17-point effort from Gilvydas Biruta at Thomas M. Ryan Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Eagles is ranked No. 198 in NCAA hoops at 34.23 per game. Contrast that with Rhode Island’s No. 94 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Rhode Island is the No. 228-ranked team in the country at 4.58 per game, while Southern Miss rates No. 190 at 5.31 per game.

A few Golden Eagles at Rams trends to consider:
Southern Miss is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
Southern Miss is 3-9-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Southern Miss's last 9 games on the road
Rhode Island is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Southern Miss home to Drexel, Friday, January 3rd
Rhode Island at Brown, Thursday, January 2nd