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Marshall vs. Rice - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (6-14) at Marshall Thundering Herd (6-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Cam Henderson Center)

The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls and Marshall Thundering Herd meet Thursday at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Rice Owls have lost six of their last eight games and look for their second road win. On the season, Rice is averaging 61.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.8 points on 45 percent shooting. Marcus Jackson is averaging 14.5 points and 3.3 assists while Seth Gearhart is averaging 14.2 points and 5.3 rebounds. Max Guercy is dishing 3.5 assists and Andrew Drone is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Rice Owls have five players averaging at least 6.9 points, and they’re shooting 72.3 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Rice is allowing 36.7 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 59 or less points in four three of its last four games. Rice is 1-7 SU on the road.

Marshall vs. Rice - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marshall Thundering Herd could also use a win after losing four of their last six games. On the season, Marshall is averaging 64.2 points on 38 percent shooting and is allowing 71.6 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Ryan Taylor is averaging 15.1 points and 8.6 rebounds while Austin Loop is averaging 10.9 points and 2.2 rebounds. Justin Edmonds is shooting 37.2 percent from the field and Cheikh Sane is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Marshall Thundering Herd have five players averaging at least five points, and they’re shooting 64.4 percent from the line and 30.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Marshall is allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in nine of its last 11 games.

The Owls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Thundering Herd are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Rice is just awful on the road and will have a hard time keeping Taylor in check on the offensive end. Look for the Thundering Herd to win and cover the reasonable number.

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Marshall Thundering Herd -4.5

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