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Rice vs. Southern Miss - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Miss Golden Eagles (5-11) at Rice Owls (5-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Autry Court)

The Line: Rice Owls -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Rice Owls play Thursday at the Tudor Fieldhouse.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have lost eight straight games and play their eighth true road game. On the season, Southern Miss is averaging 58.3 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 70.6 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Matt Bingaya is averaging 14.5 points and 5.4 rebounds while Chip Armelin is averaging 12.8 points and 1.8 assists. Norville Carey is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Rasham Suarez is dishing 3.7 assists. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have six players averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 64 percent from the line and 34.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Southern Miss is allowing 38.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 74 or more points in four of its last six games. Shadell Millinghaus is questionable for this game.

Rice vs. Southern Miss - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rice Owls have lost five of their last seven games and look for their third C-USA win. On the season, Rice is averaging 63.6 points on 30.9 percent shooting and is allowing 67 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Marcus Jackson is averaging 14.6 points and 3.7 assists while Seth Gearhart is averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Max Guercy is dishing 2.9 assists and Andrew Drone is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Rice Owls have five players averaging at least 7.5 points, and they’re shooting 73.9 percent from the line and 35 percent from downtown. Defensively, Rice is allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in six straight games. Rice is 4-4 SU on its home court.

The Golden Eagles are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. The Owls are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Conference USA and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Rice is the deeper offensive team and has the support of the home crowd. While this should be an ugly game that you're probably better off staying away from, the Owls should get the victory and the cover. 

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