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Rice vs. North Texas - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Texas Mean Green (6-8) at Rice Owls (4-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Autry Court)

The Line: Rice Owls -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The North Texas Mean Green and Rice Owls play Saturday at the Tudor Fieldhouse.

The North Texas Mean Green have lost four straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, North Texas is averaging 64.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and is allowing 67.7 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Jordan Williams is averaging 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds while Jeremy Combs is averaging 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Colin Voss is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and DeAndre Harris is shooting 40.2 percent from the field. The North Texas Mean Green are a poor offensive team that has just on double-digit scorer while they’re shooting 63.5 percent from the line and 29.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, North Texas is allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and has given up a combined 156 points in its last two games.

Rice vs. North Texas - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rice Owls have split their last six games and look for their second conference victory. On the season, Rice is averaging 62.9 points on 39.8 percent shooting and is allowing 65.3 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Seth Gearhart is averaging 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while Marcus Jackson is averaging 13.6 points and 3.5 assists. Andrew Drone is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Max Guercy is shooting 30.7 percent from the field. The Rice Owls are also a poor offensive team that’s shooting 74 percent from the free throw line and 35 percent from downtown. Rice has scored 57 or less points in five of its last eight games. Defensively, Rice is allowing teams to shoot 36.8 percent from deep and has given up 66 or less points in seven of its last eight games.

The Mean Green Eagles are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Conference USA and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

North Texas just isn't getting it done recently and the offense is flat out lousy. Look for Rice to win this game at home and cover the reasonable number.

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Rice Owls -5

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