George Washington vs. Rhode Island - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

George Washington vs. Rhode Island - 2/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Rhode Island Rams (17-5) at George Washington Colonials (10-13)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Charles E. Smith Center)

The Line: George Washington Colonials +8.5 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rhode Island Rams and the George Washington Colonials meet in A-10 college basketball action from the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Rhode Island Rams will look to add to their current nine-game winning streak after a 73-67 win over UMass last time out. Fatts Russell led the Rams with 21 points along with 4 steals while Jeff Dowtin added 16 points with a team-high 4 assists and Cyril Langevine added 15 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Rhode Island in the winning effort. Russell leads Rhode Island in scoring and assists with an average of 20.2 points and 4.6 assists per game while Langevine leads the Rams in rebounding with 10.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Rhode Island is averaging 74.7 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 32.3% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.

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The George Washington Colonials will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 72-47 loss to St. Bonaventure last time out. Jameer Nelson Jr. led GW with 19 points on 8 of 13 shooting with team-highs of 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Jamison Battle added 13 points with 3 threes as the only other George Washington player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Armel Potter missed the last game with a hip injury, but still leads George Washington in scoring and assists with an average of 14.5 points and 5.5 assists per game while Arnaldo Toro leads the Colonials in rebounding with 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, George Washington is averaging 67.6 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

Rhode Island is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games. George Washington is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog while the under is 19-9-1 in their last 29 games overall. The favorite is 7-0-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

The points with GW at home are tempting, but the issue I have is that George Washington hasn’t been dominant at home and the Colonials have been getting stifled in conference play, scoring just 68 points per game. Rhode Island is outscoring their opponents by 8.5 points per game and are allowing just 64.3 points per game against this season. I just see the Rams keeping their momentum going with a double-digit win here, so I’ll lay the points with Rhode Island in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Rhode Island -8.5

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