The Rhode Island Rams (6-3) will be at home in Thomas M. Ryan Center when they square off against the Iona Gaels (5-5). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 149 points with Rhode Island set as an 11.5-point favorite. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 21, 2017.
Iona Gaels at Rhode Island Rams Odds Preview
In the Gaels last outing, they beat the Holy Cross Crusaders, 82-68. Schadrac Casimir was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Iona dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.154 (below their season average of 0.173) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.712 (above their season average of 0.520). For those same stats, Holy Cross put up marks of 0.070 and 0.561, respectively.
The Rams will look to maintain momentum after topping the Charleston Cougars in their last game, 68-62. Cyril Langevine was a key piece for Rhode Island with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Rhode Island dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 38.2 (above their season average of 27.2) and a free throw rate of 0.377 (above their season average of 0.184). For those same stats, Charleston put up marks of 21.2 and 0.218, respectively.
Iona could struggle to create turnovers. Since last season, Rhode Island ranks 52nd in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while Iona has forced the 244th-most turnovers (18.4 percent).
Both of these teams tend to go under the projected point total. Iona games have finished under 71.4 percent of the time, while 57.1 percent of games featuring Rhode Island have finished under. The Rams have the superior straight up (SU) record (6-3 vs. 5-5), but the Gaels hold the clear advantage against the spread (ATS) (4-2-1 vs. 3-3-1).
Iona Gaels at Rhode Island Rams Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Rhode Island, ATS Winner – Iona, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Gaels rank 164th in rebounds per game (35.2) while the Rams rank 238th (36.2).
- Iona ranks 50th in three pointers attempted per game (25.7) while Rhode Island ranks 265th (18.2).
- The Rams rank 28th in assists allowed per game (10.2) while the Gaels rank 175th (14.6).
- Rhode Island ranks 14th in steals per game (7.0) while Iona ranks 92nd (6.8).