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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Rice Owls - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (12-16) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (21-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)

The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 21-7 (10-5) and are coming off of a win against North Texas by a score of 73-62. Louisiana Tech has won 4 of their last 5 games and is currently tied for 3rd in the C-USA standings. Louisiana Tech defeated Rice by a score of 90-78 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Louisiana Tech is averaging 79.1 points per game while giving up 70.7 points per game. Louisiana Tech is also averaging 38.4 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Alex Hamilton is averaging 18.7 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game for Louisiana Tech. Erik McCree (Questionable) is averaging 16.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Louisiana Tech is shooting 66.2% on free throws, 32.4% on three-pointers, and 46% on all field goal attempts.

Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Rice Owls - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rice Owls are 12-16 (7-8) and are coming off of a win against Southern Miss by a score of 76-74. Rice has won 4 games in a row and is currently tied for 7th in the C-USA standings. Rice is averaging 76.7 points per game while giving up 80.3 points per game. Rice is also averaging 33.1 rebounds per game and 13.3 assists per game. Marcus Evans is averaging 20.9 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for Rice. Egor Koulechov is averaging 16.8 points per game and 7 rebounds per game for the Owls. Rice is shooting 73.4% on free throws, 32.7% on three-pointers, and 45.1% on all field goal attempts.

Rice is 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games. Rice is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The over is 3-0-1 in Rice’s last 4 road games. Louisiana Tech is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. Louisiana Tech is 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win. The over is 4-1 in Louisiana Tech’s last 5 games following an ATS win. The road team is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.

Louisiana Tech has found success this season and will be at home in this matchup. Rice has struggled on defense this season and could have issues with the high scoring offense that Louisiana Tech has. I like Louisiana Tech here. 

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Louisiana Tech -9.5

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