Rice Owls vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (9-7) at Rice Owls (5-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Autry Court)
The Line: Rice Owls +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rice Owls will host the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this Thursday.
The Rice Owls come into this game with a 5-11 record and are currently 13th in the Conference USA. The Rice Owls have lost their past 5 games with their most recent loss being a 85-74 loss to North Texas. Through 16 games this season the leading scorer for the Owls has been Marcus Evans who is averaging 20.1 points per game and 4.8 rebounds. Egor Koulechov is second on the team with 17.9 points per game and 7.0 rebounds.
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come into this game with a 9-7 record and are currently 9th in the Conference USA. The Hilltoppers have lost 2 out of their last 3 games with their most recent game being a 86-82 win over Florida Atlantic. Through 16 games this season the leading scorer for Western Kentucky has been 17.6 points per game and 8.1 rebounds. Aaron Cosby is second on the team with 11.1 points per game and 3.6 rebounds.
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games following a win. The Hilltoppers are 2-5 against the spread in their last 7 Thursday games. The Rice Owls are 5-0 against the spread in their last 5 home games following 3 or more consecutive road games. The Owls are 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing record.
The Rice Owls have been struggling lately losing thier past 3 games. The Hilltoppers havent been playing that great either dropping 2 of their last 3 games. I think this should be a close game with Rice snapping their losing streak and winning this game at home.