Rhode Island at UMASS 1/27/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 08/21/2019 at 11:26 AM ET

The Rhode Island Rams visit the William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Massachusetts on Sunday to play the UMass Minutemen. The Rams improved to 11-7 on the season with a 71-65 win over VCU. Fatts Russell led the Rams with 19 points, while Jermaine Harris hit a critical shot in the late stages of the game to help hold off VCU.

UMass fell to 7-12 on the season following its 65-51 loss to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday. The Minutemen trailed by just five at the ten-minute mark of the second half but a run of 17-5 by the Bonnies put the game out of reach for UMass. Kieran Hayward and Luwane Pipkins each scored 12 for UMass.

Jeff Dowtin leads the Rams in scoring and assists with averages of 16.6 points and 3.9 assists per game. Cyril Langevine is the third leading scorer and leading rebounder with averages of 13.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Rhode Island is shooting 42.7% from the field and 26.6% from 3-point territory.

Luwane Pipkins leads UMass in scoring, assists and is second in rebounding with averages of 18.2 points, 5.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game. The leading rebounder is Rashaan Holloway with an average of 5.6 per game. UMass is shooting 44.8% from the field and 34.9% from 3-point territory.

Rhode Island has covered the number in 4 of the last 5 overall, and 9 of the last 12 versus a team with a .400 or lower winning percentage. UMass has failed to cover each of its last 6 at home, 6 of its last 8 overall and 5 of its last 7 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Final Score Prediction, Rhode Island Rams win and cover ATS 72-67.

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