The Rhode Island Rams (6-3) will be at home in the Thomas M. Ryan Center when they clash with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (7-3). Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Rhode Island Rams Betting Preview
In the Hilltoppers’ last contest, they beat the Arkansas Razorbacks, 86-79. Taveion Hollingsworth was the game’s high scorer with 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Western Kentucky dominated every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.284 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.3 (above their season average of 27.5). For those same stats, Arkansas was 0.209 and 23.8, respectively.
The Rams come in on a high note after defeating the Providence Friars in their last game, 75-61. Rhode Island received a boost from Cyril Langevine, who recorded 17 points and 16 rebounds. Rhode Island dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.254 (above their season average of 0.234) and a turnover percentage of 17.6 (worse than their season average of 16.1). For those same stats, Providence recorded marks of 0.092 and 23.8, respectively.
Dating back to the 2018-19 season, a focal point for the Western Kentucky offense has been to get to and convert from the free throw line. The Hilltoppers rank 15th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.280), but Rhode Island has been among the best in the nation at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking 52nd by yielding a FTA rate of 0.236).
Western Kentucky at Rhode Island Betting Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Rhode Island, ATS Winner – Rhode Island, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Hilltoppers rank 206th in three pointers attempted per game (18.2) while the Rams rank 233rd (18.5).
Western Kentucky averages 12.4 assists per game, which ranks 132nd in the NCAA. Rhode Island ranks 158th in assists allowed per game (12.7).
Rhode Island ranks 36th in steals per game (7.5) while Western Kentucky ranks 117th (6.8).
The Hilltoppers rank 141st in rebounds per game (36.6) while the Rams rank 212th in rebounds allowed per game (35.4).
Western Kentucky ranks 32nd in blocks per game (5.1) while Rhode Island ranks 95th (3.8).