NEC foes will clash when the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (1-12) square off against the Robert Morris Colonials (4-9) at William H. Detrick Gymnasium. Action starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Robert Morris Colonials vs. Central Connecticut State Blue Devils Odds Preview
In the Colonials’ last game, they were beaten by the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, 81-69. With 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting, Josh Williams was Robert Morris’ leading scorer. UNLV had an offensive rebounding percentage of 58.6 (above their season average of 34.7). Robert Morris, on the other hand, made 11 of their 25 three pointers (44.0 percent).
The Blue Devils will look to maintain momentum after blowing out the Connecticut College Camels in their last contest, 89-55. With 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting, Ian Krishnan was the top scorer from either team. Central Connecticut State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 12.9 (better than their season average of 20.3) and a free throw rate of 0.148 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Connecticut College was 31.9 and 0.096, respectively.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Blue Devils won the most recent contest 77-68. The Blue Devils played a nearly flawless game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.273 and a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.564. For those same stats, the Colonials recorded marks of 0.175 and 0.452, respectively.
It could be a sloppy game for the Central Connecticut State offense. Central Connecticut State ranks 248th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.9 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Robert Morris forces the 71st-most turnovers in the NCAA (22.3 percent).
Robert Morris at Central Connecticut State Odds Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Central Connecticut State, ATS Winner – Central Connecticut State, O/U – Under
The Colonials rank 87th in steals per game (7.2) while the Blue Devils rank 134th in steals allowed per game (7.8).
Robert Morris ranks 60th in three pointers allowed per game (19.8) while Central Connecticut State ranks 238th (25.5).
The Colonials rank 42nd in assists per game (15.8) while the Blue Devils rank 217th (10.2).
Central Connecticut State ranks 91st in blocks per game (3.0) while Robert Morris ranks 141st in blocks allowed per game (4.2).
The Blue Devils’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.4, down from 18.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Colonials have scored an average of 69.0 points per game (0.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.0 points per game (2.1 above their season average).