The Rhode Island Rams will host the Providence Friars in a state rivalry battle Friday night from the Ryan Center, in Kingston, RI. The Friars tallied an 80-77 victory against Pepperdine last time out, and the Rams fell 86-81 against West Virginia in their latest action. The Friars earned 59-50 win home against the Rams last season.
Providence Back in Win Column After Three Game Skid
The Providence Friars enter this rivalry matchup on a winning note. They thwarted a three-game losing streak with a narrow 80-77 win against Pepperdine in a tilt that had the Friars favored by 7.5 points. The Friars were large favorites in each of their last three losses which included a 66-65 defeat to Long Beach State.
Alpha Diallo is the Friars' top player. The senior guard has not fared well in his last two games but overall he is a threat, averaging 13.2 points along with 8.9 rebounds per game. Diallo has three double-doubles. David Duke is having a solid season. The sophomore guard scored 22 points in a recent loss to Charleston and has reached 20 points twice this season. Duke enters this one logging 12.9 PPG and 4.1 assists per game. Malik White is struggling, going a combined 5 for 21 from the field in his last three games. The senior guard stands third in team scoring with 9.3 points on 39% shooting.
Providence is currently ranked 58th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they lost their lone road game to Northwestern. The Friars are scoring an average of 75.7 points, ranking them 106th overall. They are conceding an average of 63.2 points, positioning them 76th in DI.
Rhode Island Charged with Second Loss in Last Three Games
The Rhode Island Rams have dropped two out of their last three games overall. They were topped by a good LSU team in the first defeat and were handed an 86-81 road loss against West Virginia on Sunday. The Rams' most notable win came against Alabama highlighted by a season-high 93 points.
Watch out for Fatts Russell in this contest. The junior guard is one of the best players in the A10 and he has scored at least 20 points in six of eight games on the season. Russell scored 32 points in Sunday’s loss, and he is sporting an average of 21.1 points on 47.5% shooting. Jeff Dowtin is another player that can put up big points. The senior guard scored 24 points in a recent win against Manhattan, and he is placed second in team scoring with 13.9 PPG. Tyrese Martin is playing significant minutes and he is posting 10.6 PPG and 5.3 RPG.
The Rams are currently positioned at 89th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and feature a perfect 4-0 home record. Rhode Island is scoring an average of 73.9 points, ranking them 140th overall. The Rams defense has been an issue at times, and they are allowing an average of 71.9 points, pegging them down at 252nd in DI.
The Providence Friars are:
- 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games as a road underdog between 0.5 and 6.5 points.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Rhode Island Rams are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up loss.