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North Texas Mean Green vs. Rice Owls - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (6-13) at North Texas Mean Green (8-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm (The Super Pit)

The Line: North Texas Mean Green -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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UNT Coliseum and the North Texas Mean Green square off with conference rival the Rice Owls.


The Rice Owls 6-13 record tells us the team is having problems but at the end of the day a 3-4 record in the CUSA says the team can still make an impact if the wins begn to pile up. Problems scoring the basketball have been a season long issue and have played a role in back to back defeats capped off by a 59-48 loss at Houston Wednesday with 14 turnovers negating respectable 46% marksmanship and giving the 42% shooting Cougars 13 more looks at the basket with enough finfing the mark to put this game in the win column. Seth Gearhart was the Owls lone double digit scorer with 14 points and six pulls with Bishop Mency netting nine points. Max Guercy and Andrew Drone dropped eight points apiece with Drone snaring seven rebounds.

North Texas Mean Green vs. Rice Owls - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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At 2-5 in the CUSA the North Texas Mean Green still have time to right the ship but they have to get hot now and stay hot. That means doing an about face with the team riding defeats in three of four after falling to last place Southern Mississippi 75-71 in overtime as a 7.5 point home favorite. UNT appeared to be heading for a big win with an eight point lead at the half but 17 giveaways took the edge away from 45.6% shooting and the Golden Eagles mustered an extra basket on 42% marksmanship that combined with a few more makes at the stripe to win. Jordan Williams led a trio of double digit scorers with 19 points followed by Jeremy Combs with 17 points and s team high nine rebounds. Maurice Aniefiok was next in line with 16 points while Colin Voss and TJ Taylor combined for 15 points.


The Owls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. Rice are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game. The Mean Green Eagles are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. North Texas are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. loss and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Conference USA. This game has traditionally been close so I'm looking at the points but there is no big edge to exploit for either side...

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Rice +5

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