The West Virginia Mountaineers (6-0) are off to a hot start and will try to stay unbeaten when they meet the Rhode Island Rams (5-2) at WVU Coliseum. Action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Rhode Island Rams at West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Preview
The last time the Rams played, they defeated the Manhattan Jaspers, 73-64. Jeff Dowtin was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 5-for-9 shooting. The Rams knocked down 28 of their 39 free throws (71.8 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 51.5 (above their season average of 28.7).
The Mountaineers will look to maintain momentum after beating the Wichita State Shockers in their last outing, 75-63. With 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting, Oscar Tshiebwe led West Virginia in scoring. The Mountaineers, who came into the game averaging an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.1, had an extraordinary mark of 45.9 and held the Shockers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.355 (below their season average of 0.488).
The offense of West Virginia will square off against the elite defense of Rhode Island. Since last season, the Mountaineers rank 212th in offensive efficiency, while the Rams are 95th in defensive efficiency. The Rams figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
The Rams won the lone contest against the Mountaineers last season, 83-70. Rhode Island had a much better turnover percentage (10.5 vs. 17.2). West Virginia, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (29-37; 78.4 percent).
Rhode Island Rams vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – West Virginia, ATS Winner – West Virginia, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
West Virginia ranks 152nd in three pointers attempted per game (22.6) while Rhode Island ranks 297th (18.6).