Harvard Crimson (2-1) vs Rhode Island Rams (1-1)Date : 11/16/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Ryan Center, Kingston Rhode Island
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Harvard Crimson vs Rhode Island Rams
The Harvard Crimson will travel to Ryan Center, in Kingston Rhode Island to face the Rhode Island Rams on Friday night at 7 pm EST. The Crimson are coming off a huge 74-71 road win over the Minutemen of UMass as the Crimson were accurate from the field in shooting 48% for the game while the Minutemen could not maintain any type of consistency on offense in making only 44% of their shots on the night. With the loss, the Minutemen suffered their first loss of the season while the Crimson atoned for a ten-point loss to Northeastern in their prior outing.
The Rams suffered a 66-55 road loss to the Cougars of College of Charleston on November 13th as their offense struggled early on (19 points in first half) as well as throughout the game in shooting just 34% from the floor in the loss. Their inaccuracy at the three-point arc was visible in their last matchup as the Rams made of two of 20 three-point attempts.
Harvard Crimson 's Latest Performance :
Despite the offensive threats for the Minutemen, the defense for the Crimson held them at bay for much of the night as they went up by 8 points at the half, and despite a late rally by the UMass, were able to pick up the road win. Luwane Pipkins, UMass’ star player, scored 36 points for the night while having five assists along with hitting four of eight three pointers for the night. On the other hand, Harvard shot 48% for the night while having three players in double figures led by Chris Lewis with 16 points on 8 for 11 shooting. Again, the Crimson went over .500 with the win and now seeks to expand on that momentum versus a reeling Rams team on the road.
Rhode Island Rams's Latest Performance :
After a blowout win over Bryant in their opener, the Rams of Rhode Island were humbled on the road by a tough College of Charleston team in their last outing as their leading scorer, Jeff Dowtin, went six for 16 for the night with 16 points along with four assists as the team shot 34% from the field including nailing only two of 20 three pointers. Cyril Langevine chipped in 18 points along with ten boards to lead the team in the loss. And while their shooting was not great at all, their inability to connect on free throws was equally as awful as they connected on only 56% for the night.
In all, they will certainly need to get their act together in every facet of their offensive game as their defense seems to be playing solid at the moment. Furthermore, look for them to continue this play versus a team in Harvard that picked up some much-needed confidence by beating a UMass team that can surely be tough at home.
How Harvard Crimson & Rhode Island Rams Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Harvard is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 2-0
Rhode Island is 1-1 ATS while the OU is 1-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
It will be interesting to see how the Rams respond to such an awful outing versus the College of Charleston. Also, the Crimson will be looking for yet another road victory after their solid win over a dangerous UMass squad in their last outing. In all, this matchup will be one to where the Crimson would like to slow things down a bit, much like they did with UMass. For a team in Rhode Island that likes to run, this will certainly make them play an unfamiliar style.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Harvard Crimson
My reason for the pick :
I will back Harvard in this matchup as I see them taking the momentum from their last road win into this road contest versus a Rams squad that recently came back home licking their wounds due to a loss to the Cougars. In all, the Crimson will rely on continuing to obtain critical stops at critical points in the game to pick up victories. And with the Rams offense struggling, they will indeed capitalize on this as they will pick up the victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Look for the under to be the big play in this game as in envision the defense for Harvard having a solid night versus the Rams offense. On the other hand, Harvard is notorious for using every bit of the shot clock. With that being said, look for them to drain the clock on every possession. They will, however, be accurate enough to obtain and manage a lead throughout. Nonetheless, the total will stay low in the meantime.
Betting trends for Harvard Crimson :
- The Crimson is 7-2 ATS in last nine games
- The Over is 7-2 in Crimson last nine games
Betting trends for Rhode Island Rams:
- The Rams are 2-4 ATS in last six games
- The Under is 6-3 in Rams last nine games