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Rice vs. Marshall - 1/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marshall Thundering Herd (8-9) at Rice Owls (6-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Autry Court)

The Line: Rice Owls +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, Comcast

The Rice Owls and Marshall Thundering Herd face off on Saturday in Conference USA college basketball action.

The Rice Owls are 6-11 this season and are coming off of a win over Western Kentucky that ended a five game losing skid. Rice is averaging 73.9 points and they are shooting 42.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 81.3 points and their opponents are shooting 49.1 percent. Marcus Evans leads the Owls averaging 19.8 points per game. Egor Koulechov is averaging 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds, Marquez Letcher-Ellis is averaging 9.0 points, and Connor Cashaw is averaging 8.3 points. Rice is 5-4 at home and 1-3 in Conference USA games.

Rice vs. Marshall - 1/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marshall Thundering Herd are 8-9 this season but they have won their last four games. Marshall is averaging 81.5 points per game and they are shooting 44.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 81.6 points and their opponents are shooting 46.4 percent. James Kelly leads the Thundering Herd averaging 18.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Ryan Taylor is averaging 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, Jon Elmore is averaging 13 points, and Stevie Browning is averaging 12.4 points and 5.2 rebounds. Marshall is 1-5 on the road but they are 4-0 in Conference USA games.

Rice is 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games against a team with a losing road record, 7-2 against the spread against Conference USA, and 0-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Marshall is 8-0-1 against the spread in their last nine games, 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 road games, and 5-0-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Marshall is 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 meetings of these two.

This looks like a one sided game and my play is Marshall. 

Marshall Thundering Herd -4

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