The Charleston Cougars (7-2) and the Rhode Island Rams (5-3) battle at Thomas M. Ryan Center. The Cougars will attempt to continue their five-game winning streak. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
Charleston Cougars vs. Rhode Island Rams ATS Preview
The last time the Cougars played, they won big over the North Greenville Crusaders, 92-60. Joe Chealey was the top scorer from either team with 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Charleston dominated every facet of the game. They had a ridiculously low turnover percentage of 6.5 (better than their season average of 14.6) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.4 (above their season average of 24.6). For those same stats, North Greenville recorded marks of 11.1 and 18.9, respectively.
The Rams are trying to rebound after their 68-64 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in their last game. With 11 points, Rhode Island’s Stanford Robinson had a solid outing. Alabama had a free throw rate of 0.511 (above their season average of 0.292). Rhode Island, meanwhile, forced the Crimson Tide into a turnover percentage of 27.2 (above their season average of 17.3).
Half-court execution will be critical when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams battle. Rhode Island ranks 287th in possessions per game (67.9) and Charleston is 337th (65.3) dating back to last season. Also, the Cougars, who rank 22nd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.311), will face off against the Rams, who rank 337th in opponents FTA rate (0.326).
Charleston Cougars at Rhode Island Rams Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Rhode Island, ATS Winner – Rhode Island, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cougars are sixth in the nation with 4.0 steals allowed per game while the Rams are 48th with 5.4 steals allowed per game.
- Rhode Island averages 36.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 142nd in the nation. Charleston ranks 157th in rebounds allowed per game (35.7).
- Rhode Island ranks 148th in assists per game (13.5) while Charleston ranks 246th (10.6).
- The Rams rank fourth in three pointers allowed per game (15.7) while the Cougars rank 99th (20.8).
- Rhode Island ranks 17th in blocks per game (5.5) while Charleston ranks 111th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).