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Wednesday Picks: Rams Early In A-10 & Falcons Late In Mountain West

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Wednesday Picks: Rams Early In A-10 & Falcons Late In Mountain West

January 16 NCAAB Picks:

St. Bonaventure (6-10 SU, 6-9 ATS) at Rhode Island (8-7 SU, 5-10 ATS)

When: 6 p.m. ET (CBSSN)

Free NCAAB Pick: Rams ATS

Best Lines Offered:

UNLV (9-6 SU, 8-7 ATS) at Air Force (6-10 SU, 7-8 ATS)

When: 11 p.m. ET (ESPNU)

Free NCAAB Pick: Falcons ATS

It’s Atlantic 10 action to tip off Wednesday’s NCAA basketball schedule as St. Bonaventure (2-1 in conference) visits Rhode Island (1-2 in A-10). The Bonnies have won back-to-back games, both at home – where they are 5-2 ATS compared to 0-5 ATS on the road. They prevailed 71-64 over Fordham on Saturday, leading by as many as 21. Freshman center Osun Osunniyi posted his second straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and he was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. It was the Bonnies’ sixth straight win in the series.

While St. Bonaventure is well under .500 overall, it was without senior forward Courtney Stockard, who was named to the preseason All-Conference team, for the first six games due to off-season knee surgery. He leads the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.1 rpg).

Rhode Island was a home loser to George Mason on Sunday, 84-67. Entering, URI had the Atlantic 10’s fourth-best scoring defense at 65.3 points per game. The 84 points tied a season high allowed. Jeff Dowtin leads the Rams in scoring at 16.7 ppg and assists (4.2). Rhode Island is 26-4 when Dowtin has five or more assists, including 4-1 this season.

These schools split last season, each winning at home. The home side has covered the past five and that continues Wednesday.

Last Call Betting From Colorado Springs

Bettors’ last chance to wager on college hoops Wednesday is UNLV at Air Force from the Mountain West. The Rebels and Boise State are tied for first in the conference at 3-0. It’s always very tough to win at The Pit in New Mexico, but UNLV did last Tuesday, 80-69, to start conference play 3-0 for the first time 20 years and for the first time in the school’s Mountain West history.

The Rebs are rolling right now despite losing senior forward Shakur Juiston to a season-ending injury after eight games. He averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.8 rpg. He averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in 2017-18 and shot 63.9 percent from the field. Big loss.

Air Force is 1-3 in conference but comes off that first win, 62-48 over San Diego State on Saturday. It was AFA’s first double-digit victory over San Diego State in 14 years. Just two Falcons average double-figure points: Lavelle Scottie (13.4) and Ryan Swan (12.3). Air Force puts up a scant 66.3 points per game.

UNLV swept the season series with the Falcons last year, including an overtime win in the Mountain West Tournament. Still, AFA has covered the past seven meetings and has an advantage in the altitude. Back the Falcons.