South Alabama vs. Rice - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (5-6) at South Alabama Jaguars (4-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Mitchell Center)
The Line: South Alabama Jaguars -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The South Alabama Jaguars and the Rice Owls face off on Tuesday in college basketball action.
The South Alabama Jaguars are 4-6 this season and they are coming off of a double-overtime win over Samford that ended a two game losing skid. South Alabama is averaging 70.3 points and they are shooting 40.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.4 points and their opponents are shooting 44.7 percent. Ken Williams leads USA averaging 15.4 points per game. Nick Stover is averaging 9.5 points, Georgi Boyanov is averaging 9.0 points and 6.9 rebounds, and Shaq Calhoun is averaging 7.8 points. Most of South Alabama’s success has been against lower level teams.
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The Rice Owls are 5-6 this season and they have won five of their last seven games. Rice is averaging 75.4 points per game and they are shooting 43.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 80.5 points and their opponents are shooting 47.1 percent. Marcus Evans leads the Owls averaging 19.7 points per game. Egor Koulechov is averaging 19 points and 6.4 rebounds, Marquez Letcher-Ellis is averaging 9.1 points and 5.2 rebounds, and Connor Cashaw is averaging 7.5 points. Rice appears to be playing their best basketball of the season and are coming off of a monster win over New Mexico.
South Alabama is 2-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 8-3 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 0-4 against the spread following a win. Rice is 4-1 against the spread against the Sun Belt, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight road games, and 4-0 against the spread against a team with a losing record.
I am expecting scoring in this one and my free pick is going to be over the total.