North Texas Mean Green vs. Rice Owls - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (5-10) at North Texas Mean Green (6-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm (The Super Pit)
The Line: North Texas Mean Green -3 -- Over/Under: 153.5 See the Latest Odds
The Rice Owls will travel to play the North Texas Mean Green in a Conference USA game on Saturday.
The North Texas Mean Green are 6-9 (1-1) and are coming off of a loss against UTEP by a score of 84-75. After a rough start to the season, North Texas has won 4 of their last 6 games. North Texas is averaging 77.2 points per game while giving up 78.2 points per game. North Texas is also averaging 37.5 rebounds per game and 12.3 assists per game. J-Mychal Reese is averaging 14.5 points per game and 4.2 assists per game, while Deckie Johnson is averaging 14.1 points per game and 4 rebounds per game for North Texas. North Texas is shooting 59.5% on free throws, 33.7% on three-pointers, and 47.7% on all field goal attempts.
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The Rice Owls are 5-10 (0-2) and are coming off of a loss to UTSA by a score of 85-80. Rice has lost 4 games in a row, after they won their previous 3 games. Rice is averaging 74.1 points per game while giving up 79.1 points per game. Rice is also averaging 34.1 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game. Marcus Evans is averaging 19.5 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Egor Koulechov is averaging 18.1 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game for Rice. Rice is shooting 72.1% on free throws, 30.6% on three-pointers, and 43% on all field goal attempts.
Rice is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. Rice is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The over is 7-0 Rice’s last 7 Saturday games. North Texas is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games. The over is 6-2 in the North Texas last 8 games overall. The over is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.
Rice has really been struggling the last few games and will be on the road in this game. Both of these teams are giving up more points than they are scoring, so this could be an ugly game. North Texas has the rebounding advantage and is the better shooting team. I am taking North Texas here.