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Charlotte vs. Rice - 3/9/16 C-USA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (12-19) at Charlotte 49ers (13-18)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Legacy Arena)

The Line: Charlotte 49ers -5 -- Over/Under: 161 See the Latest Odds

TV: ANS

The Rice Owls and Charlotte 49ers square off early Wednesday night in the C-USA Tournament.

The Rice Owls look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Rice Owls are averaging 75.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 81.8 points on 49 percent shooting. Marcus Evans is averaging 21.2 points on 2.9 assists while Egor Koulechov is averaging 16.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. Marquez Letcher-Ellis is the third double-digit scorer and Connor Cashaw is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Rice Owls are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Owls are allowing 41.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Rice Owls have lost three of their last four neutral site games.

Charlotte vs. Rice - 3/9/16 C-USA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte 49ers look for another win after winning nine of their last 14 games. The Charlotte 49ers are averaging 78.8 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 80.1 points on 48 percent shooting. Braxton Ogbueze is averaging 14.2 points and 2.7 assists while Joseph Uchebo is averaging 13.3 points and 11.5 rebounds. Jon Davis is dishing 4.7 assists and Andrien White is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Charlotte 49ers are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The 49ers are allowing 40.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Charlotte 49ers have lost their last six neutral site games.

The Owls are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. Conference USA. The 49ers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games. 

Charlotte is playing some decent basketball down the stretch and was able to score at will in its two victories this season over Rice. The 49ers and the small number is a solid play here.

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Charlotte 49ers -5

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