VCU vs. Rhode Island odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Jan. 31 predictions from model on 22-13 run

Red-hot teams face off when the Virginia Commonwealth Rams meet the Rhode Island Rams in a key Atlantic 10 Conference matchup on Friday in South Kingstown, R.I. VCU (16-5), which is third in the conference at 6-2, is 4-2 on the road, while Rhode Island (15-5), which is second in the A-10 at 7-1 behind Dayton, is 9-1 on its home court. 

Tip-off from Ryan Center is set for 7 p.m. ET. URI leads the all-time series 9-7. Rhode Island is a one-point favorite in the latest VCU vs. Rhode Island odds, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 141.5. Before making any VCU vs. Rhode Island picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has crushed its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread the past three years, returning $2,770 to $100 players. It also enters Week 13 of the 2019-20 season on a 22-13 run on all top-rated college basketball picks. Anybody who followed it during that span has seen some huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on VCU vs. Rhode Island. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Rhode Island vs. VCU:

  • VCU vs. Rhode Island spread: Rhode Island -1
  • VCU vs. Rhode Island over-under: 141.5 points
  • VCU vs. Rhode Island money line: VCU -108, Rhode Island -112
  • VCU: 6-2 in January
  • URI: Is averaging 74.2 points per game

Why Rhode Island can cover

Rhode Island has won seven straight, its longest streak since winning 16 in a row in 2017-18, and 10 of 12 overall. A victory on Friday would mark just the 10th time in the last 54 seasons that URI would win eight straight. Rhode Island has proven to be a second-half team during the streak, rallying from three halftime deficits by outscoring its opponents by a combined 57 points in the final 20 minutes of those games.

Offensively, URI is led by junior guard Fatts Russell, who averages 19.7 points 3.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He has scored 20 or more points 12 times this season, including a 32-point performance on Dec. 1 at West Virginia and 29 points at St. Bonaventure on Saturday. He scored 16 points against VCU in the first meeting this season, and in six career games against the Rams, Russell has scored in double figures four times.

Why VCU can cover

Even so, URI isn't a lock to cover the VCU vs. Rhode Island spread. That's because VCU has won four in a row and is shooting for its 20th consecutive winning season. It has qualified for the NCAA Tournament 11 times since 2003-04, including last season, and reached the national semifinal in 2010-11. The Rams are 59-28 under third-year coach Mike Rhoades.

Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva powers the VCU offense, averaging 13.2 points and 9.2 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in 14 games, including seven of the past eight. Against George Mason on Jan. 5, he poured in 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and has seven double-doubles this year.

How to make VCU vs. Rhode Island picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says URI's Russell will score nearly five points under his average, while VCU's Santos-Silva will score three points fewer than his average. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine. 

So who wins VCU vs. Rhode Island? And which side of the spread can you bank on in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Rhode Island vs. VCU spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $2,700 on its college basketball picks the last three years, and find out.

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