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Rice vs. Middle Tennessee State - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (13-11) at Rice Owls (7-15)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Autry Court)

The Line: Rice Owls +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders face off on Thursday at Tutor Fieldhouse in Conference USA college basketball action.

The Rice Owls are 7-15 this season and they are coming off of a win over WKU that ended a four game losing skid. Rice is averaging 61.4 points and they are shooting 41.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 65 points and their opponents are shooting 44.2 percent. Seth Gerahart leads the Owls averaging 14.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Marcus Jackson is averaging 13.9 points, Max Guercy is averaging 8.1 points, and Bishop Mency is averaging 7.8 points. Rice is 5-5 at home and 4-6 in Conference USA this season.

Rice vs. Middle Tennessee State - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders are 13-11 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. MTSU is averaging 61.9 points and they are shooting 40.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.9 points and their opponents are shooting 44.1 percent. Reggie Upshaw Jr. leads the Blue Raiders averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Jacquez Rozier is averaging 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds, Marcus Torrance is averaging 6.8 points, and Jaqawn Raymond is averaging 6.7 points per game. MTSU is 3-6 on the road and 6-5 in CUSA.

Rice is 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 7-15 against the spread in their last 22 home games, and 1-4 against the spread against CUSA. Middle Tennessee State is 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 3-0-1 against the spread following a double-digit home loss, and 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five games. Middle Tennessee State has covered the point spread in their last four games against Rice.

I don’t love Rice here but I like them enough to give them out as a free pick.

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Rice Owls +3

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