UAB vs. Rice - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (6-12) at UAB Blazers (14-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Bartow Arena)
The Line: UAB Blazers -14.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 See the Latest Odds
The UAB Blazers and the Rice Owls face off on Thursday in Conference USA college basketball action.
The UAB Blazers are 15-3 this season and that is good enough for first place in CUSA. UAB is averaging 76.7 points per game and they are shooting 47.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.8 percent. Chris Coakley leads the Blazers averaging 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds. Robert Brown is averaging 12.6 points, William Lee is averaging 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Dirk Williams is averaging 9.0 points. UAB is riding a 12-game winning streak.
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The Rice Owls are 6-12 this season and they have lost six of their last seven games. Rice is averaging 74.9 points per game and they are shooting 42.7 percent from the floor while defensively they allowing 82.1 points and their opponents are shooting 49.5 percent. Marcus Evans leads the Owls averaging 20.3 points per game. Egor Koulechov is averaging 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds, Marquez Letcher-Ellis is averaging 10.1 points, and Connor Cashaw is averaging 8.2 points. Rice is 1-7 on the road and 1-4 in CUSA play.
UAB is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games, 5-2 against the spread following a win, and 5-2 against the spread against CUSA. Rice is 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 road games against a team with a winning home record, 5-2 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven road games. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
II Like the way UAB is playing but I don’t see them covering here.