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Texas Longhorns vs. Rice Owls - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (3-7) at Texas Longhorns (10-2)

College Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)

The Line: Texas Longhorns -25.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Longhorn Network

The Rice Owls will travel to the Frank Erwin Center to take on the Texas Longhorns this Monday afternoon.

The Rice Owls dropped to 3-7 on the season after losing 79-72 in overtime to the Lamar Cardinals this past Monday. Rice shot well from beyond the arc as they hit 39.3% for their three-pointers and was 73.9% from the free-throw line in the victory. Leading the way for the Owls was Marcus Jackson who had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. On the season, Rice has been led by Seth Gearhart (14.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), Marcus Jackson (12.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.5 apg), and Bishop Mency (9.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg). Rice is ranked near last in the RPI Standings as 351st and have played the 347th ranked SOS. Offensively, the Owls are averaging 63.9 ppg (ranked 261st) on 39% shooting (ranked 308th). Rice averages 14.3 turnovers per game which ranked 255th in the country. Defensively, the Owls are allowing an average of 66.5 ppg (ranked 183rd) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 174th). Rice doesn’t seem to have much of a front court presence as they only average 2.2 bpg (ranked 305th) and 33.6 total rpg (ranked 233rd).

Texas Longhorns vs. Rice Owls - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 9th ranked Texas Longhorns dropped to 10-2 on the season after losing to the Stanford Cardinals 74-71 in overtime this past Tuesday.  Texas allowed the Cardinals to shoot 43.3% from the field and 44.4% from three-point range in the loss. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Javan Felix who had 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists off the bench. Texas currently ranks 18th in the RPI Standings and has played the 36th ranked SOS. Leading the way for the Longhorns on the season have been Jonathan Holmes (12.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg), Myles Turner (11.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Javan Felix (10.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg). Point-guard Isaiah Taylor (15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg) is out indefinitely with a broken wrist and center Cameron Ridley is questionable with a head injury. Offensively, Texas has been averaging 72.8 ppg (ranked 82nd) on 46.1% shooting (ranked 74th). Defensively, the Longhorns are allowing 55.1 ppg (ranked 12th) on 32.5% shooting (ranked 3rd). Texas is one of the best defensive teams in the country as they currently average 7.8 bpg (ranked 3rd) and 31.17 defensive rpg (ranked 1st).

The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games vs. the Big 12. The Longhorns are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.

Talk about a mismatch. Rice is one of the worst teams in the country and generally struggles at the offensive end. The real question in this one is what type of energy Texas comes out to play with, because if they come out motivated, this one is going to get real ugly. This is a ton of points, however I think head coach Rick Barnes will have the Longhorns ready to play in this one to regain some confidence before heading into conference play. Take the Longhorns to cover the spread. 

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