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February 10, 2017

There is one pick tonight.

Take Rhode Island -4 spread against Dayton for 3% of the bankroll.

The Rhode Island Rams come into this all-important contest with the Dayton Flyers having won four straight. Both teams are currently in a 4-way battle for first place in the A10 division with Dayton already holding a season victory over Rhode Island earlier in the year. We believe that Rhode Island is going to use that previous loss to the Flyers as motivation in this contest. No team likes to be swept during the regular season and the Rams are no different. They will likely do whatever it takes to pull out a victory and gain their revenge.

The Rams are a team that thrives on the defensive side of the ball, holding teams to just 66 points per game and 41% shooting from the field and just 30% from downtown. On offense, they have shown that they are an extremely efficient team. While scoring just 74.9 points per game on average, they are shooting a combined 45.7% from the field. Guard E.C. Matthews leads the Rams with 15.1 points per game. Forward Hassan Martin adds 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. In the Rams most recent victory, their offense struggled at times, shooting just 40% from the field, however they managed to win the game on defense, holding a talent UMass team to 35.3% from the field and 3 of 17 from beyond the arc. They were also active with their hands as they forced 18 turnovers.

Dayton is a quality team; however, their offense has struggled at times this season. They barely managed to overcome the Rams in their first meeting at Dayton Arena, 67-64. We believe this meeting is going to go a little bit differently. The Rams have been an extremely strong home team this season, going 11-1 overall with their lone loss coming at the hands of a much improved La Salle team this season. Dayton has struggled on the road this season and has losses to both UMass and division leading VCU in league play. These two teams are very similar, however with the home crowd behind them, we expect Rhode Island to get their much-deserved revenge and come away with a big win and cover.

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