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Rivalry Rout

Rivalry Rout

Rhode Island vs. Providence, 12/03/2016 16:30 EDT, Score: 60 - 63

Point Spread: -2½/-110 Rhode Island

Sportsbook: Bookmaker

Result: Loss

Rivalry Rout - Scott "The Bulldog" Rickenbach CBB Game #765 Saturday - 8* Rhode Island Rams (-) @ Providence Friars @ 4:30 ET - Big revenge game for Rhode Island. This is a huge rivalry but Providence has certainly held the upper hand in recent meetings. That is a key as to why the Rams are the play here. Not only are they highly motivated, they also are the deeper team with more experience and depth in comparison with the Friars. Look for star guard E.C. Matthews to have a big game as he has been "streaky" with his shooting so far this season as he is still recovering from a torn ACL early last season. Certainly they Rams have been holding him back a bit to save him for the upcoming conference schedule but they will take the reins off of him for this huge rivalry game and I expect a strong effort from him. Certainly the Rams have plenty of other scoring options as they returned most of their key contributors from last season and already have 5 guys averaging double digits (or close to it) this season. By contrast the Friars rely heavily on Rodney Bullock (22 ppg) and you can bet he will be the focus of the RI defense. As a team Providence is shooting 43.2% from the field while the Rams are at 49.3% from the field. The Rams are 12-6 ATS in games with a posted total in the 120s while the Friars are 8-19 ATS in games where they are a home dog of 3 points or less. 8* RHODE ISLAND RAMS


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