UMass vs. Rhode Island Preview + Free Pick Feb 21st, 2008
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College Basketball Betting – Massachusetts At Rhode Island
BetUS NCAA basketball betting odds: RHODE ISLAND -6
The U-Mass Minutemen (16-9 SU, 10-12 ATS), getting desperate in the Atlantic 10 race, venture to Kingstown, RI on Thursday night when they square off with the Rhode Island Rams (20-6 SU, 12-10-2 ATS) in conference action that is set to tip off at 7 PM ET.
In the Top Sportsbooks NCAA college basketball betting odds, Rhode Island is listed as a six-point favorite. In the Top Sportsbooks money line, URI is -260, with U-Mass at +220.
Here are some of the NCAA basketball betting trends as they relate to this matchup:
* MASS has covered one of its last five games
* MASS has lost four of its last six road games SU
* MASS has played four of its last five road games UNDER the total
* URI has covered three of its last 11 games
* URI has played six of its last eight games OVER the total
* URI is 1-3-1 ATS in its last five home games
* URI has won 15 of its last 16 home games SU
* URI has played four of its last five home games OVER the total
* URI has covered five of the last six meetings
* MASS has won five of the last seven meetings SU
* MASS has covered eight of the last 11 meetings as the road team
* URI has won four of the last six meetings SU as the home team
* MASS has had the shooting edge in seven of the last nine meetings
* URI has had the rebounding edge in seven of the last ten meetings
* MASS has made more three-pointers in five of the last six meetings
It was no doubt a gallant effort last time out for Rhode Island, but the Rams went down at home to Xavier, which means URI is still lacking significant wins on its schedule, save for an early-season triumph over Big East middler Syracuse. Sure, this is a revenger, with the Rams having lost 78-76 in a previous encounter, where URI shot an uncharacteristic 34% from the field.
But we’re not convinced Rhode Island has the defensive “chops” to effectively deal with a U-Mass attack that can legitimately generate some points (81.4 ppg on the road, which is sixth in the country). And the Minutemen have been in fine three-point form lately, making 12 shots from beyond the arc against Temple on Feb. 10 and 11 versus defensively-capable Saint Louis last time out on Sunday. U-Mass is anxious to post enough credentials to get a look from the NCAA selection committee when it comes time to comprise the brackets.
We’re on the “take” here, so we’ll grab the points with U-Mass, the six-point underdog in the Top Sportsbooks NCAAB betting odds.
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