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North Texas vs. Rice - 3/11/15 C-USA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (11-19) at North Texas Mean Green (14-16)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Legacy Arena)

The Line: North Texas Mean Green -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls and North Texas Mean Green meet Wednesday in the C-USA Tournament.

The Rice Owls look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Rice is averaging 63.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 67 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Seth Gearhart is averaging 15.4 points and 5.3 rebounds while Marcus Jackson is averaging 14.2 points and 2.7 assists. Max Guercy is dishing 4.6 assists and Andrew Drone is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Rice Owls have four players averaging at least eight points, and they’re shooting 73.2 percent from the line and 36.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Rice is allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or more points in four of its last five games.

North Texas vs. Rice - 3/11/15 C-USA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Texas Mean Green also look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, North Texas is averaging 64.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 68 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Jordan Williams is averaging 14.9 points and five rebounds while Jeremy Combs is averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Colin Voss is dishing 1.9 assists and Maurice Aniefiok is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The North Texas Mean Green have five players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 62.8 percent from the line and 30.6 percent from deep. Defensively, North Texas is allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in four of its last six games.

The Owls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win. The Mean Green Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

North Texas won both meetings this season and has actually beaten Rice SU in five of the last six meetings. In a toss up game, I have to go with the team that's shown to have the upper hand. The Mean Green is the pick here 

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North Texas Mean Green -1

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