It will be a battle between A10 opponents when the VCU Rams (12-3, 2-0 A10) welcome the Rhode Island Rams (9-5, 1-1 A10) to the Stuart Siegel Center. The game starts at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and will air on CBS Sports Network.
Rhode Island Rams vs. VCU Rams Free Prediction
In Rhode Island’s last contest, they defeated the Davidson Wildcats, 69-58. Rhode Island’s 0.278 free throw rate was their largest strength over Davidson, who had a mark of 0.127. Rhode Island was lifted by Fatts Russell, who was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting.
VCU defeated the George Mason Patriots in its last game, 72-59. VCU had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.1 vs. 16.2) and had a free throw rate of 0.340 (above their season average of 0.255). Marcus Santos-Silva was the game’s top scorer with 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field.
After Rhode Island won two out of three contests against VCU last season, these teams will meet for the first time this year. In the most recent game, Rhode Island won 75-70. Rhode Island had a better turnover percentage (14.8 vs. 15.9) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.475 vs. 0.457).
Rhode Island Rams vs. VCU Rams Free Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – VCU, O/U – Over
Rhode Island ranks 35th in rebounds per game (39.9) while VCU ranks 210th (33.9).
VCU ranks 35th in three pointers allowed per game (18.3) while Rhode Island ranks 204th (24.1).
VCU ranks 36th in assists allowed per game (10.3) while Rhode Island ranks 159th (13.6).
Rhode Island ranks 30th in steals per game (8.7) while VCU ranks 117th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
VCU averages 5.3 blocks per game, which is ranked 23rd in the NCAA. Rhode Island ranks 81st in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
Rhode Island’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.8, up from 3.9 for the season.
During their last five games, VCU has scored an average of 72.0 points per game (0.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 60.0 points per game (0.7 below their season average).