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Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Rice Owls - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (11-16) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (7-18)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)

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The Rice Owls will travel to play the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in a C-USA game on Thursday.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are 7-18 (4-10) and are coming off of a loss to Texas-San Antonio by a score of 74-53. Southern Miss has lost 6 games in a row and is currently 13th in the C-USA standings. Southern Miss is averaging 61.8 points per game while giving up 68.6 points per game. Southern Miss is also averaging 31.6 rebounds per game and 11.9 assists per game. Kourtlin Jackson is averaging 12.3 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game for Southern Miss. Khari Price is averaging 10.3 points per game and 4.3 assists per game for the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss is shooting 70.9% on free throws, 34.3% on three-pointers, and 39.9% on all field goal attempts.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Rice Owls - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rice Owls are 11-16 (6-8) and are coming off of a win against Florida International by a score of 86-70. Rice has won 3 games in a row and is currently tied for 7th in the C-USA standings. Rice defeated Southern Miss by a score of 72-65 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Rice is averaging 76.7 points per game while giving up 80.5 points per game. Rice is also averaging 33.1 rebounds per game and 13.3 assists per game. Marcus Evans is averaging 20.5 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for Rice. Egor Koulechov is averaging 17 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Owls. Rice is shooting 74.1% on free throws, 32.7% on three-pointers, and 44.8% on all field goal attempts.

Rice is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games. Rice is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The over is 4-1-1 in Rice’s last 6 road games. Southern Miss is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games. Southern Miss is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 home games for Southern Miss. The road team is 5-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.

Southern Miss has really struggled in their last 6 games, but will be at home for this matchup. Rice has played well in their last 3 games, but struggles on defense, allowing over 80.5 points per game. Southern Miss is a better defensive team and I think that will be the difference here. I like Southern Miss. 

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