It will be a meeting between two stifling defenses when the Alabama Crimson Tide (6-2), 2.5-point favorites, meet the Rhode Island Rams (5-2) at Coleman Coliseum. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 146.5 points and it is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Rhode Island Rams vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Betting Odds
In their last contest, the Crimson Tide lost a close one to the UCF Knights, 65-62, while the Rams beat the Providence Friars, 75-68.
The Rams forced 21 turnovers and had a free throw rate of 0.339 (above their season average of 0.176). Alabama, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.294 (above their season average of 0.292). Donta Hall fueled Alabama with 20 points. Daron Russell had a good outing for Rhode Island, contributing 20 points and five rebounds.
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams face off. Alabama ranks 263rd in possessions per game (68.3) and Rhode Island is 283rd (67.7) dating back to last season.
Vegas tends to place the total low when the Rams are involved, as 60.0 percent of their games have finished over the projected point total. Rhode Island holds records of 5-2 straight up (SU) and 3-2 against the spread (ATS).
Vegas has been spot on when predicting totals of Crimson Tide games, with an even split between overs and unders. Moreover, Alabama owns records of 6-2 SU and 3-4 ATS.
Rhode Island Rams at Alabama Crimson Tide Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Rhode Island, ATS Winner – Rhode Island, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
Alabama ranks 48th in rebounds per game (38.6) while Rhode Island ranks 151st (36.2).
The Rams average 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 80th in the NCAA. The Crimson Tide rank 155th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
Rhode Island averages 5.5 blocks per game, which ranks 14th in the NCAA. Alabama ranks 63rd in blocks allowed per game (2.9).
The Rams rank 153rd in assists per game (13.6) while the Crimson Tide rank 248th (12.0).
Alabama ranks 202nd in three pointers attempted per game (20.5) while Rhode Island ranks 285th (18.1).