Rice Owls vs. North Texas Mean Green - 1/30/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Texas Mean Green (7-13) at Rice Owls (6-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Autry Court)
The Line: Rice Owls -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The North Texas Mean Green will travel to play the Rice Owls in a C-USA game on Saturday.
The Rice Owls are 6-14 (1-6) and are coming off of a loss to Middle Tennessee by a score of 87-73. Rice has lost 3 games in a row and is currently last in the C-USA standings. Rice is averaging 75.1 points per game while giving up 80.4 points per game. Rice is also averaging 33.3 rebounds per game and 12.9 assists per game. Marcus Evans is averaging 19.6 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game for Rice. Egor Koulechov is averaging 16.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Owls. Rice is shooting 72.9% on free throws, 30% on three-pointers, and 43.2% on all field goal attempts.
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The North Texas Mean Green are 7-13 (2-5) and are coming off of a loss to UAB by a score of 78-57. North Texas has lost 4 games in a row and is currently 12th in C-USA. North Texas is averaging 75.9 points per game while giving up 79.4 points per game. North Texas is also averaging 37.7 rebounds per game and 11.7 assists per game. Jeremy Combs is averaging 15.1 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game for North Texas. J-Mychal Reese is averaging 14.6 points per game and 4.1 assists per game for the Mean Green. North Texas is shooting 60% on free throws, 33% on three-pointers, and 46.6% on all field goal attempts.
North Texas defeated Rice on January 9th by a score of 85-74. Marcus Evans led Rice with 26 points, while Jeremy Combs led North Texas with 22 points and 12 rebounds. North Texas out rebounded Rice by a total of 36-33 and added 15 assists in their win.
North Texas is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games. North Texas is 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games. The over is 5-1 in the North Texas last 6 games. Rice is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games. Rice is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss. The over is 7-0 in Rice’s last 7 home games. The over is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 meetings.
Both of these teams have been struggling of late and are in the lower part of the C-USA standings. Both teams do not play well on defense, as they allow about 80 points per game. North Texas has the rebounding advantage and has already beaten Rice this season. I look for home court to be the difference here and for Rice to win this one.