It will be a battle between A10 opponents when the Rhode Island Rams (8-5, 0-1 A10) welcome the Davidson Wildcats (6-7, 0-1 A10) to the Thomas M. Ryan Center. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
Davidson Wildcats at Rhode Island Rams Betting Prediction
The Wildcats are trying to rebound after their 71-64 loss to the Duquesne Dukes in their last game. Duquesne’s 0.245 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Davidson, who had a rate of 0.097. The Dukes’ mark was below their season average of 0.255, while the Wildcats’ was below their season average of 0.179. Luka Brajkovic had a solid game for Davidson, contributing 10 points and 10 rebounds.
In the Rams’ last matchup, they were beaten by the Richmond Spiders, 69-61. Richmond launched 19 three pointers, making eight of them (42.1 percent), while Rhode Island was 4-17 (23.5 percent). With 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting, Tyrese Martin led Rhode Island in scoring.
After the Wildcats won both meetings against the Rams last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent game, Davidson won 75-66. One of Davidson’s largest advantages was getting to the charity stripe. They had 31 free throw attempts, while Rhode Island had 23.
This game should be a showdown of conflicting styles. Rhode Island has preferred an up-and-down style of play (23rd in possessions per game), while Davidson has been more half-court-oriented (324th in possessions per game).
Davidson vs. Rhode Island Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Rhode Island, O/U – Over
Rhode Island ranks 42nd in rebounds per game (39.9) while Davidson ranks 274th (30.5).
The Wildcats rank 52nd in three pointers attempted per game (25.8) while the Rams rank 236th (18.5).
Rhode Island ranks 27th in steals per game (9.0) while Davidson ranks 135th (6.2).
The Wildcats rank 24th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while the Rams rank 95th (3.3).
Davidson ranks 157th in assists per game (12.8) while Rhode Island ranks 166th in assists allowed per game (13.7).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.8, up from 3.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rams have scored an average of 77.2 points per game (2.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.8 points per game (0.0 below their season average).