Expect a defensive struggle when the Davidson Wildcats (13-9, 8-3 A10), 6.5-point underdogs, clash with the 18th-ranked Rhode Island Rams (19-3, 11-0 A10) at Thomas M. Ryan Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 145 points and it will air on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Davidson Wildcats at Rhode Island Rams ATS Odds
Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Rams beat the VCU Rams 81-68, while the Wildcats easily got past the Saint Joseph’s Hawks 91-62.
Davidson dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic effective field goal percentage of 0.710 (above their season average of 0.568) and a turnover percentage of 14.8 (worse than their season average of 13.1). For those same stats, Saint Joseph’s put up marks of 0.519 and 19.4, respectively. Rhode Island, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.2 (above their season average of 30.3). Cyril Langevine was a key piece for Rhode Island with 12 points and 18 rebounds. Meanwhile, Davidson rallied around Peyton Aldridge, who recorded 32 points and nine rebounds.
Rhode Island could put on a ball-control clinic in this matchup. Rhode Island ranks 25th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.9 percent), while Davidson forces the 72nd-fewest turnovers (17.3 percent). Furthermore, the Wildcats rank 20th in offensive efficiency (116.4), while the Rams rank 37th in defensive efficiency (96.5).
Games featuring the Wildcats tend to finish under the total (57.1 percent). Davidson holds records of 13-9 straight up (SU) and 12-8-1 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Davidson, games including the Rams tend to finish over the total (55.0 percent). Moreover, Rhode Island is 19-3 SU and 11-7-2 ATS.
The Rams dominated this series last year, winning all three games. In the most recent matchup, Rhode Island won 84-60. The Rams’ 10.5 turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Wildcats, who had a mark of 17.1. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Davidson ranks 10th in three pointers attempted per game (29.1) while Rhode Island ranks 270th (17.6).
The Wildcats rank 32nd in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while the Rams rank 83rd (33.1).
Davidson ranks 36th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while Rhode Island ranks 80th (3.1).
The Rams rank 34th in steals per game (7.6) while the Wildcats rank 191st (5.1).
Rhode Island ranks 22nd in assists allowed per game (11.0) while Davidson ranks 103rd (12.9).
Davidson is 7-5-1 ATS on the road, while Rhode Island is 6-3-1 ATS at home.
The Wildcats have 8 unders, 4 overs and 1 push in 13 road games.
Of the Rams’ 10 home games, they have 6 unders and 4 overs.
In their last five games, Davidson and Rhode Island have both had 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Rams are 3-2.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 77.8 points per game (1.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 63.2 points per game (3.7 below their season average).
The Rams’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.4, down from 10.5 for the season.