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The Rhode Island Rams advanced to the Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament quarterfinals after their convincing 76 – 57 victory against La Salle on Thursday afternoon, and their reward comes in the form of facing the #1 seeded VCU Rams.
The top-seeded Rams navigated their way to a 16 – 2 A-10 record to go along with a 26 – 5 overall season, as they have been waiting to find out who will be taking the Barclay’s Center court with them for the first of 4 games in the building today.
This high-noon jump in the Big Apple will be a rubber game in the season series after the two split their regular season meetings each taking wins on their home court.
VCU is carrying a 12-game win streak into the Atlantic-10 Conference Tourney, with their last loss coming way back on January 23 against.. Oops! Rhode Island, so buckle up kids because we gots ourselves a big game between the 1 and 8 seed to start the day in Brooklyn, NY.
Rams Responsible For Last Loss Handed To VCU
The Rams will certainly be looking back at the schedule when they knew VCU could be their likely opponent if they advanced past the 2nd round, and we can only assume they see what we see and know that they handed VCU their last loss in conference play before they rolled out 12 straight wins to close out the regular season.
— Rhody MBB (@RhodyMBB) March 14, 2019
Rhode Island split the season series with VCU and can, at least, come into this game with some confidence after dismantling La Salle on Thursday afternoon to start yesterday’s long day of 2nd round action.
Langevine came away with 25 points while going 9 for 10 from the floor as all 12 of his rebounds came on the defensive end of the floor. His double-double along with Russell’s 19 points, 7 dimes, and 4 boards brought the two together for the post-game interview with David Kaplan.
Russell stood there and told Kaplan that Cyril is his best friend, and they know each other so well that he knows where I am, I know where he is, and we just have chemistry!
Ya think ?!? Man, talk about fun to watch too, because they just took over the game basically, as leading scorer Jeff Dowtin came away with only 12 points but did nail both of his 3-point attempts on a 3 of 7 shooting day.
Rams Needing To Erase Last Year’s Early Exit From A-10 Tourney
The Rams were knocked out of the quarterfinals of last year’s version of the Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament, but a 1-seed for this year’s event has the eyeing an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
From honoring a family member to paying tribute to their favorite player, each Men's Basketball player has a different story for their jersey number.
"I really wanted a single digit number because I’ve never had a single digit number."
— Noah Fleischman (@fleischman_noah) March 13, 2019
Have the Rams done enough to make the big dance as an at-large entrant? Well, there is plenty of discussion towards that, but this VCU program will certainly be appearing in the NCAAs or the NIT, at worst.
Junior guard Marcus Evans led the Rams this season with 14.2 PPG, and ended the regular season landing double-digits in 12 of the last 13 games. Evans brought in 20 points or more 5 times over the course of the year, and finished up with 23 points against St. Joe’s to close out A-10 play.
De’Riante Jenkins took in 11.3 PPG this year, although most of his stats are down from last year’s sophomore campaign. He put up 12.9 PPG last year, and his 3-point production fell from 41.8% to 34.1% from behind the arc.
Junior forward Isaac Vann is the 3rd and last double-digit scorer for the Rams, as he notched 11 PPG and led the team with his 82.1% free throw shooting percentage
• Rams are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games.
• Over is 5-2 in Rams last 7 games following an ATS win.
• Rams are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Atlantic 10.
• Over is 8-3 in Rams last 11 games following an ATS win.
• Over is 5-2 in Rams last 7 neutral site games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Well if you want to hand me a touchdown and change, then you go ahead and do that, because this is going to be a game that comes down to the wire without doubt in my mind.
I can totally see a 76 – 75 game breaking out here, and don’t get lost in that second meeting between these two this season when things got ugly for R.I in their February encounter.
Prediction: Rhode Island +7.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Oh no sir, I say you set this line too low, and I think the line setters also got lulled into that second meeting result and just left too many points on the board.
As I said, I see a game with both teams hitting the 70s anyway, so 130-something scares me none!
Prediction: Over 131