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Louisiana Tech vs. Rice - 3/12/15 C-USA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (11-19) at La Tech

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Legacy Arena)

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The Rice Owls and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs play Thursday night in the C-USA Tournament.

The Rice Owls look for a win after splitting their last eight games. On the season, Rice is averaging 64.1 points on 41.7 percent shooting and is allowing 65.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Seth Gearhart is averaging 15.4 points and 1.8 assists while Marcus Jackson is averaging 14.2 points and 3.5 rebounds. 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 36 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or more points in four of its last six games.

Louisiana Tech vs. Rice - 3/12/15 C-USA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 73.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Raheem Appleby is averaging 15.7 points and 1.9 assists while Alex Hamilton is averaging 15.2 points and 3.4 rebounds. Erik McCree is the third double-digit scorer and Michale Kyser is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have four players averaging at least 8.4 points, and they’re shooting 69.1 percent from the line and 32.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in six of its last eight games.

 The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are the king of the C-USA and are getting a tired Rice squad. Look for the Dogs to win by double digits. 

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