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Rice Owls vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs - 2/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (16-5) at Rice Owls (7-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Autry Court)

The Line: Rice Owls +4 -- Over/Under: 161 See the Latest Odds

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will travel to play the Rice Owls in a C-USA game on Thursday.

The Rice Owls are 7-14 (2-6) and are coming off of a win against North Texas by a score of 95-87. Rice has lost 3 of their last 4 games and is currently tied for 12th in the C-USA standings. Rice’s other conference win came against Western Kentucky by 10 points. Rice is averaging 76 points per game while giving up 80.7 points per game. Rice is also averaging 33 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game. Marcus Evans is averaging 19.7 points per game and 3.1 assists per game for Rice. Egor Koulechov is averaging 16.7 points per game and 7 rebounds per game for the Owls. Rice is shooting 73.8% on free throws, 30.8% on three-pointers, and 43.8% on all field goal attempts.

Rice Owls vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs - 2/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 16-5 (5-3) and are coming off of a win against UTEP by a score of 78-70. Louisiana Tech has won 3 games in a row and is currently 4th in the C-USA standings. Louisiana Tech is averaging 78.9 points per game while giving up 69.3 points per game. Louisiana Tech is also averaging 39.3 rebounds per game and 14.2 assists per game. Alex Hamilton is averaging 17.8 points per game and 6.1 assists per game for Louisiana Tech. Erik McCree is averaging 16 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech is shooting 66.8% on free throws, 33.1% on three-pointers, and 44.6% on all field goal attempts.

Louisiana Tech is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. Louisiana Tech is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The over is 6-1 in Louisiana Tech’s last 7 Thursday games. Rice is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. Rice is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games. The over is 10-1 in Rice’s last 11 home games. The under is 6-1 in these two teams last 7 meetings.

Rice has had problems on defense, where they are allowing over 80 points per game. Louisiana Tech plays much better defense, while scoring more points on offense. Louisiana Tech is on a small winning streak and I expect them to win this game.

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