Check out our free Rhode Island vs Saint Joseph’s pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Philadelphia. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Rhode Island vs Saint Joseph’s Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 1st Betting Odds
Rams vs Hawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Rhode Island Rams at Saint Joseph’s Hawks
- Where: Philadelphia at Hagan Arena
- Date: Wednesday, February 1st
- Betting Odds: Rhode Island +5.5, RI +192 | STJOE -239 O/U 143.5
The Rhode Island will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 2 game win streak and have an overall record of 8-13. So far, the Rams have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 0-6. For the season, Rhode Island has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 2-10. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Rams being +5.5 point underdogs.
Rhode Island will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ishmael Leggett who is averaging 16.43 points per game for the Rams. Leggett is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Rams’ offensive game plan is the play of Brayon Freeman who has hit 37.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.5 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Rhode Island this season, as they are currently ranked 325th in college basketball at 67.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Rams’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 277th in the NCAA.
Saint Joseph’s will take the floor against the Rams with an overall record of 10-11. Currently, the Hawks have been the home team 14 times, sitting with a record of 7-7. The Hawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, Saint Joseph’s has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 7-1.
Saint Joseph’s’ leading scorer this season is Erik Reynolds Jr., who is averaging 18.19 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 22.96% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.19 rebounds per game and 2.86 assists. Cameron Brown is the second leading scorer for the Hawks, averaging 13.95 points per game. Between him and Brown, they are accounting for 40.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Saint Joseph’s this season, as they are currently ranked 310th in college basketball at 67.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Hawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.6%, placing them 280th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Rhode Island Rams +5.5
After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Saint Joseph’s Hawks as the favorites to win. Not only do the Rhode Island Rams have a mediocre record vs the spread at away of late 3-7, but Saint Joseph’s also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -5.5 points in favor of the Hawks is too high and there is good value on grabbing Rhode Island vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Rhode Island taking the points.