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Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Rice Owls - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rice Owls (4-10) at Old Dominion Monarchs (13-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Ted Constant Center)

The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Old Dominion Monarchs are going to be hosting the Rice Owls on Thursday night at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

The Old Dominion Monarchs have played well this season, as the Monarchs are sitting at 13-2 overall on the year.  Of course, a lot of that has to do with their easier schedule, which to this point consists of just one team in the top 25.  That did end up a win for the Monarchs however, as Old Dominion defeated VCU back in late November.  The Monarchs enter this matchup against the Owls, coming off a loss, as Old Dominion fell to the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky 72-65 on January 10th. 

Old Dominion Monarchs vs. Rice Owls - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Rice Owls have a tough test ahead of them on Thursday, as the Owls have to travel to face off against the Old Dominion Monarchs.  The Owls are really struggling this season, as Rice is scoring just 62.9 points per game on the season, and shooting just over 40 percent from the field.  The Owls head into this meeting with the Monarchs, having dropped back-to-back outings with losses to the UTEP Miners and the North Texas Mean Green.  

The Rice Owls are sitting at 3-2 against the spread on the road this season, while Old Dominion is an impressive 6-2 against the spread at home, and 9-3 against the number overall this season.

I have to back the Monarchs here.  Old Dominion is far from a world-beater, but I just can’t see putting any kind of faith behind the Rice Owls.  The Owls haven’t shown me they can hang with the Monarchs on the boards, and while this is a lot of points, taking Old Dominion at home looks like the side.

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