A10 foes will collide when the VCU Rams (12-3, 2-0 A10) clash against the Rhode Island Rams (9-5, 1-1 A10) at the Stuart Siegel Center. Action starts at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
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The last time Rhode Island played, they were victorious over the Davidson Wildcats, 69-58. Fatts Russell was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Rhode Island knocked down 15 of their 20 free throws (75.0 percent) and held Davidson to an effective field goal percentage of 0.397 (below their season average of 0.533).
VCU will look to maintain momentum after topping the George Mason Patriots in its last outing, 72-59. With 26 points on 10-for-14 shooting, Marcus Santos-Silva was the game’s leading scorer. VCU dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a great offensive rebounding percentage of 32.1 (above their season average of 27.8) and a free throw rate of 0.340 (above their season average of 0.255). For those same stats, George Mason had marks of 16.2 and 0.193, respectively.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after Rhode Island won two out of three contests last season. In the most recent game, Rhode Island won 75-70. Rhode Island dominated every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 14.8 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.475. For those same stats, VCU was 15.9 and 0.457, respectively.
Rhode Island Rams vs. VCU Rams Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – VCU, ATS Winner – VCU, O/U – Over
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 ranks 23rd in the NCAA. Rhode Island ranks 81st in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
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).
VCU’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.0, up from 11.3 for the season.
During their last five games, Rhode Island has scored an average of 76.0 points per game (1.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.2 points per game (0.3 above their season average).