15* Atlantic 10 PLAY OF THE DAY on St. Bonaventure -5.5
St. Bonaventure vs. Rhode Island,
01/25/2012 19:00 EDT,
Score: 72 - 66
Point Spread: -5½/-108 St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure is one of the most underrated teams in the country this season. They are a much better team than Rhode Island, which continues to get too much respect. St. Bonaventure is 10-7 this season while Rhode Island is 3-17. The Bonnies have actually played a tougher schedule than the Rams as well.
The Bonnies are outscoring opponents by 5.9 points/game this season. Their strength is a defense that gives up just 62.7 points/game on 41.4 percent shooting. They are also scoring 68.6 points/game on a respectable 45.3 percent shooting.
The Rams are getting outscored by 7.9 points/game this season. Their weakness is a defense that allows 75.4 points/game and 49.0 percent shooting. Rhode Island is scoring 67.5 points/game, but they are only connecting on 40.1 percent of their shots.
These teams have faced five common opponents this season. St. Bonaventure is outscoring those five teams 68.2 to 62.6, or by an average of 5.6 points/game. Rhode Island is getting outscored 61.6 to 71.6 by those same five teams, or by an average of 10.0 points/game. Common opponents is a great way to compare teams.
The Rams are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog of 0.5-6.5. Rhode Island is 0-6 ATS in home games when playing against a team with a winning record this season. The Rams are 0-6 ATS as a home underdog or pick this season. These three trends make for a 19-0 system backing the Bonnies. Take St. Bonaventure Wednesday.