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Rice Owls vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/23/14

Marshall Thundering Herd (6-13) at Rice Owls (5-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Autry Court)

The Line: Rice Owls -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls and the Marshall Thundering Herd face of on Thursday in Conference USA college hoops.

The Rice Owls have struggled this season and they have started their CUSA schedule by losing their first four games. Rice is 3-5 at home this season and they have played the 143rd ranked schedule. Austin Ramljak leads the Owls averaging 12.6 points per game. Sean Obi is averaging 11.2 points and 9.2 rebounds, Max Guercy is averaging 9.9 points, and Keith Washington is averaging 8.5 points. Rice is averaging 64.2 points and they are shooting 40.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.5 points and their opponents are shooting 43.1 percent. Rice has lost seven games in a row.

Rice Owls vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/23/14

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The Marshall Thundering Herd are looking for their first Conference USA win of the season as they have started conference play 0-4. Marshall is 0-9 away from home and they have played the 221st ranked schedule in the country. Kareem Canty leads the Thundering Herd averaging 16.7 points and 6.6 assists per game. Ryan Taylor is averaging 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, Chris Thomas is averaging 11.4 points, and Shawn Smith is averaging 8.8 points. Marshall is averaging 78.1 points and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 75.6 point and their opponents are shooting 43.5 percent. Marshall has just one win over a team with a RPI better than 200.

Rice is 16-35 against the spread in their last 51 home games, 0-6 against the spread in their last six games, and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Marshall is 7-19 against the spread in their last 26 road games, 1-6 against the spread following a loss, and 1-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread.

Marshall is the better team but Rice at home and having played the tougher schedule get the nod laying the small number. 

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Rice Owls -1

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