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March Madness Betting - Rhode Island Rams into NIT Semis

March Madness betting excitement comes with all of the surprise teams and upsets with the March Madness betting line each year and 2010 is no exception.

March Madness betting anticipation continues to grow for this final climatic week of action with the March Madness betting line that starts with the NIT semi finals. The Rhode Island Rams are a great example of what March Madness betting is all about.

Rhode Island is not a “name brand” program to bet on March Madness with but they are gaining attention and respect with their NIT run that will pit them against the famed North Carolina Tar Heels.

Rhode Island began their March Madness betting run with a 76-64 home win over Northwestern in their NIT opener as 6-point March Madness betting favorites.  Lamonte Ulmer led the Rams with 17 points while Will Martell scored 14 and Delroy James added 12.

The Rams held Northwestern to under 40% shooting from the floor.  Rhode Island had a March Madness betting scare in the second round of the NIT as they squeaked by Nevada 85-83 as 8.5-point home chalks.

James had a spectacular March Madness betting performance with 34 points while Ulmer added 13 rebounds. Keith Cothran added 16 crucial points to get the Rams out of trouble.  Rhode Island then scored their most impressive NIT win so far at Virginia Tech in a 79-72 upset as 6.5-point dogs.

James led the Rams with 18 points while Ulmer added 13 points and 8 rebounds.  Akeem Richmond demonstrated Rhode Island’s scoring depth as he added 13 critical points.  Rhode Island has an overall record of 26-9 straight up and 12-18-2 against the spread.  The Rams have been break even at 8-8 against the number away from home.

Rhode Island was 4-4 against the line as a dog and went over the total in just 13 out of 31 lined games  Rhode Island has three players averaging double figures in scoring as Cothran is averaging 14.1 points per game, James 13.2 points per game, and Ulmer 11.9 points per game.  Ulmer is the leading rebounder with 7.4 per game.