Rhode Island Rams vs. Creighton Bluejays, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NCAA March Madness Odds, Picks and Prediction

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RHODE ISLAND RAMS CREIGHTON BLUEJAYS
24-9 March 17, 4:30 PM | Golden 1 Center 25-9
Rhode Island vs Creighton, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 4:30 PM ET, Friday, March 17, 2017
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, TBS

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Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
843 –Rhode Island Rams -2 -107 -133 Ov 141½ -110
844 –Creighton Bluejays +2 -113 +113 Un 141½ -110
 

The Rhode Island Rams and the Creighton Bluejays will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at Golden 1 Center.

ABOUT RHODE ISLAND (24-9): Despite ending the regular season on a five-game win streak, the Rams were on the NCAA tourney bubble entering the postseason but coach Dan Hurley’s squad removed any doubt by beating St. Bonaventure (74-63), Davidson (84-60) and VCU (70-63) in the conference tournament. Junior guard E.C. Matthews (14.9 points), senior forward Hassan Martin (14.1 points) and junior guard Jared Terrell (12.6) are the leading scorers, and Matthews and Terrell combined for 39 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the Atlantic 10 title game. Senior forward Kuran Iverson (7.4 boards) and Martin (7.0) are the leading rebounders for Rhode Island, which owns an average rebound margin of plus-2.9.

ABOUT CREIGHTON (25-9): The Bluejays are making their sixth postseason and fourth NCAA tourney appearance in Greg McDermott’s seven seasons at the helm after reaching the NIT quarterfinals a year ago. Junior guard Marcus Foster, a transfer from Kansas State, leads the team in scoring at 18.3 points per game and was an All-Big East first-team and all-conference tournament selection. Foster has plenty of help in 7-foot freshman center Justin Patton (13.1 points, team-most 6.2 rebounds) and sophomore guard Khyri Thomas, who averaged 12.4 points and led the squad with 51 steals in being selected Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bluejays listed as 2-point favorites versus the Rams, while the game’s total is sitting at 141½.

On track for a possible top-eight NCAA Tournament seed two months ago with an 18-1 start, Creighton instead settled for a No. 6 seed after losing star point Maurice Watson Jr. to injury and going 7-8 in its final 15 games. That seed also entails a first-round Midwest Region matchup Friday against 11th-seeded Rhode Island in Sacramento.

The Bluejays also were a sixth seed in the Big East Tournament but beat third-seeded Providence (70-58) and seventh-seeded Xavier (75-72) before falling to top-seeded and defending national-champion Villanova 74-60 in Saturday’s tourney title game. Creighton is making its first NCAA appearance since 2014 when Doug McDermott, son of current coach Greg McDermott, and the third-seeded Bluejays were routed 85-55 by sixth-seeded Baylor in the second round. Rhode Island, meanwhile, will be making its first Big Dance appearance since 1999. The Rams finished tied for third in the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season but wound up winning the conference title and the league’s automatic bid after winning three games in three days in Pittsburgh.

Creighton was a 74-60 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wildcats. They failed to cover the +10.5-point spread as underdogs.

Rhode Island won its last outing, a 70-63 result against Rams on March 12. They covered in that game as a -1.5-point favorite.

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Rhode Island:
Team record: 24-9 SU,18-14 ATS
Current Streak: won 8 straight games.
Rhode Island is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Rhode Island is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Creighton:
Team record: 25-9 SU,19-12-1 ATS
Creighton is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Creighton’s last 7 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. The two programs have only met once since 1950: A 74-73 Creighton home win in a 2008 NIT first-round game in Omaha.

2. Patton is shooting 69.4 percent from the field, which ranked second nationally entering Sunday.

3. Rhode Island opponents are shooting 40.4 percent from the field, but have hit only 29 percent of their 3-point attempts, ranking the Rams third nationally.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Rhode Island Rams will cover the spread at -2 and the game will go over 141½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Rhode Island 74, Creighton 72 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
RHODEI TEAM CREIG
73.4 PTS FOR 82.1
64.9 PTS AGNST 72.5
8.5 DIFF. 9.6
25.5 DEF REBOUNDS 26.7
11.8 OFF REBOUNDS 8.2
45.2 FG% 50.8
65.7 FT% 68.2
6.3 3 POINTERS 8.7
6.4 STEALS 6.2
BETTING TRENDS
RHODE ISLAND
No trends to report
CREIGHTON
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Creighton’s last 7 games
Creighton is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Rhode Island’s Overall Scoring vs Creighton’s Overall Defense 73.4 175 72.5 189
Rhode Island’s Away Scoring vs Creighton’s Home Defense 71.3 144 72.9 252
Rhode Island’s Road Rebounds vs Creighton’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.7 51 34.4 170
Creighton’s Overall Scoring vs Rhode Island’s Overall Defense 82.1 19 64.9 32
Creighton’s Home Scoring vs Rhode Island’s Road Defense 86.1 21 64.5 13
Creighton’s Home Rebounds vs Rhode Island’s Road Rebounds Allowed 35.7 221 36.5 201
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island is third in three points made allowed in the league with 4.6 per game.
CREIGHTON
Creighton is third in the league in field goal percentage at 50.8.

 

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