FIU vs. Rice - 2/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (9-15) at Florida International Golden Panthers (12-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (U.S. Century Bank Arena)
The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers -6 -- Over/Under: 122 See the Latest Odds
The FIU Golden Panthers and the Rice Owls face off on Thursday at U.S. Century Bank Arena in Conference USA college basketball.
The FIU Golden Panthers are 12-13 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. FIU is averaging 62.3 points and they are shooting 44.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.2 points and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent. Dennis Mavin leads the Golden Panthers averaging 17.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Adrian Diaz is averaging 13.1 points and 6.8 rebounds, Daviyon Draper is averaging 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, and Dominique Williams is averaging 6.8 points. Florida International is 5-3 at home and 5-7 in conference USA.
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The Rice Owls are 9-15 this season and they have won their last three games. Rice is averaging 62.6 points and they are shooting 41.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.5 points and their opponents are shooting 43.8 percent. Seth Gearhart leads the Owls averaging 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Marcus Jackson is averaging 13.8 points, Max Guercy is averaging 9.0 points, and Bishop Mency is averaging 7.8 points. Rice is 2-8 on the road and 6-6 in Conference USA.
FIU is 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 home games against a team with a losing road record, 1-5 against the spread in their last six Thursday games, and 2-6 against the spread following a loss by 20 or more points. Rice is 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games following a game that they covered the point spread, 0-5 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 7-1 against the spread in their last eight road games against a team with a winning home record.
Neither of these teams have a solid defense so the over is my free play here. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as the App.