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Rice Owls vs. Old Dominion Monarchs - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Old Dominion Monarchs (18-12) at Rice Owls (12-18)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Autry Court)

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

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The Old Dominion Monarchs will travel to play the Rice Owls in a C-USA game on Saturday.

The Rice Owls are 12-18 (7-10) and are coming off of a loss to Charlotte by a score of 88-75. Rice has lost their last 2 games and is currently tied for 8th in the C-USA standings. Rice defeated Old Dominion by a score of 75-66 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Rice is averaging 76.4 points per game while giving up 80.8 points per game. Rice is also averaging 33.1 rebounds per game and 13.2 assists per game. Marcus Evans is averaging 21 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for Rice. Egor Koulechov is averaging 17 points per game and 7 rebounds per game for the Owls. Rice is shooting 73.9% on free throws, 32.5% on three-pointers, and 45% on all field goal attempts.

Rice Owls vs. Old Dominion Monarchs - 3/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Old Dominion Monarchs are 18-12 (11-6) and are coming off of a win against North Texas by a score of 76-70. Old Dominion has won their last 3 games and is currently tied for 4th in the C-USA standings. Old Dominion is averaging 68 points per game while giving up 62.2 points per game. Old Dominion is also averaging 38.7 rebounds per game and 13.4 assists per game. Trey Freeman is averaging 21.2 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for Old Dominion. Aaron Bacote is averaging 12.3 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game for the Monarchs. Old Dominion is shooting 67.4% on free throws, 28% on three-pointers, and 44% on all field goal attempts.

Old Dominion is 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games following an ATS loss. Old Dominion is 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games. The under is 5-1-1 in Old Dominion’s last 7 games. Rice is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games. Rice is 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games. The over is 13-3 in Rice’s last 16 home games. The under is 3-0-1 in these two teams last 4 meetings.

Old Dominion has had a very solid season and will be looking to finish the regular season strong in this game. Rice is giving up about 80 points per game, which is way too many. Old Dominion has found success on defense this season, only giving up 62.2 points per game. Rice won the first meeting between these teams and I am taking the points with them in this matchup. 

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