#Betting101: Is It Time to Fade Rhode Island (Whoever They Are)?

Jason Lake

Sunday, February 18, 2018 8:38 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 8:38 PM UTC

The Rhode Island Rams are in first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference. They might be worth fading for our college basketball picks – but does anybody know who these guys are?

College Basketball: #Betting101

What a tangled web Michigan State weaves. The No. 1 team in the college basketball coaches poll (No. 2 according to the AP writers) is not quite all that. Fulfilling last week’s prophecy, the Spartans failed to cash against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, winning 65-60 as 9-point road faves. And now the larger sexual conduct scandal at Michigan State has reached the basketball team itself, as freshman guard Brock Washington reportedly has been named as the subject of an ongoing investigation. How many worms are actually in this can? Perhaps we’ll see.

In the meantime, there’s another team in the Top 25 that might be getting too big for its britches. The Rhode Island Rams (21-4 SU, 14-8-1 ATS) made it all the way to No. 14 in last week’s coaches poll and No. 16 on the AP chart, a fantastic run for coach Dan Hurley as he tries to get the Rams into back-to-back NCAA Tournaments for the first time this millennium. However, Rhode Island sits at No. 29 on Ken Pomeroy’s Division I efficiency charts as we go to press. This might be another quality fade candidate for our NCAAB picks.

We Need the Stinkin’ Badgers

Well, let’s not get too carried away. The Rams have won 16 consecutive games (at 11-5 ATS) to vault into first place in the Atlantic 10, but that doesn’t mean the larger betting public is paying attention. We can profit off Michigan State because there are tons of Spartans fans willing to bet blindly on their favorite team; those fans are moving the NCAAB odds in our favor. Michigan State is No. 24 on the public money charts available on the interwebs. The Rams are No. 138.

Besides, Rhode Island’s bubble might have already burst. They lost 77-74 to St. Bonaventure (+2 at home) last Thursday, so you might not see the Rams in this week’s rankings. And it’s not like they’ve been bleeding money at 3-3 ATS in their last six games. Keep an eye on the Rams, certainly, but don’t auto-fade them by any means.

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February 17, 2018: The Spartans make an incredible run to comeback from a 27 point deficit and break the Big Ten Record for largest comeback of all time. pic.twitter.com/QIEL6LjjAI

— Sparty Moments (@SpartyMoments) February 18, 2018

Instead, let’s stick with the devil that we know. Michigan State has two more games before Champ Week: Tuesday at home against the Illinois Fighting Illini (12-15 SU, 9-13-1 ATS), and next Sunday on the road versus the Wisconsin Badgers (12-16 SU, 11-15-1 ATS). We’re inclined to recommend the Badgers for Sunday’s game (1 p.m. ET, CBS). They covered their road game against Michigan State, losing 76-61 as 17-point puppies, so hop on board for the rematch if the odds look good – and may the sphere be with you.

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