Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners vs. Rice Owls - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (10-18) at Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (13-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (UTSA Convocation Center)
The Line: Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rice Owls look for the season sweep of Texas-San Antonio when they go on the road to face the Roadrunners.
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The Rice Owls have won a few games where it was unexpected and by the same token have lost games that were thought to be winnable. With the regular season coming to a close the goal is to win both and get some momentum although the team has been going in the wrong direction with defeats in three of four after a 77-76 loss to visiting Charlotte Saturday. This was all about offense with the 49ers hitting half their looks an totaling nine more shots. The Owls connected at 47% with five more threes and an 18-12 edge at the line to neutralize six more Charlotte buckets. The Owls leaned on the tandem of Marcus Jackson and Bishop Mency who poured in 21 and 20 points respectively. Seth Gearhart followed with 16 points while Max Guercy posted 13 assists.
It looks like the best the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners are going to do is finish somewhere in the middle of the pack in the CUSA. With only a pair of games remaining on the schedule the Roadrunners are in dire need of some momentum as they have lost four in a row following a 76-66 defeat at conference champion Louisiana Tech. UTSA wasn’t dominated but small advantages by La Tech added up. The Bulldogs 46%-42.6% edge in the shooting department resulted in a few more baskets that combined with five more free throws for a double digit decision. Keon Lewis kept Texas-San Antonio competitive with a contest high 26 points but was just 9-24 from the field. Ryan Bowie and Jeromie Hill added 12 points apiece with Hill hauling in 12 rebounds while Kaj-Bjorn Sherman chipped in with ten points, five yanks and seven helpers.
The Owls are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Rice are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Conference USA and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Roadrunners are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. UTSA are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games following three or more consecutive road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. I really don’t see a good reason to back either in a meaningless game…