Houston vs. Rice - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (6-12) at Houston Cougars (7-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)
The Line: Houston -4.5 See the Latest Odds
The Rice Owls and Houston Cougars square off Wednesday night at the Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Rice Owls have split their last four games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Rice is averaging 62 points on 40.7 percent shooting and is allowing 65.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Marcus Jackson is averaging 14.7 points and 3.6 assists while Seth Gearhart is averaging 13.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. Max Guercy is dishing 3.3 assists and Andrew Drone is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Rice Owls have five players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 73.1 percent from the line and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Rice is allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in eight straight games. The Rice Owls are 1-5 SU on the road.
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The Houston Cougars have lost eight straight games and look for their first AAC win. On the season, Houston is averaging 66.4 points on 38.7 percent shooting and is allowing 68.6 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Jherrod Stiggers is averaging 15.3 points and 2.5 assists while Danrad Knowles is averaging 11.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. Devonta Pollard is the third player averaging double-digit points and L.J. Rose is dishing 5.6 assists. The Houston Cougars have seven players averaging at least 5.9 points, and they’re shooting 65.7 percent from the line and 32.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Houston is allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in four of its last five games.
The Owls are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cougars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Owls are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Houston and 19-5 ATS in the last 24 meetings overall.
I don't lay chalk with a team that struggles to win outright. Add that to the fact Rice has covered 19 of the last 24 games against Houston, and I'm taking a shot with the points here.