Rice vs. Florida International - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida International Golden Panthers (12-15) at Rice Owls (10-16)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Autry Court)
The Line: Rice Owls PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida Intl Golden Panthers and Rice Owls meet Saturday at the Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Florida Intl Golden Panthers need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Florida Intl Golden Panthers are averaging 72.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Donte McGill is averaging 16 points and 1.3 assists while Adrian Diaz is averaging 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. Daviyon Draper is the third double-digit scorer and Jason Boswell is dishing 1.8 assists. The Florida Intl Golden Panthers are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.5 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Panthers are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.1 rebounds per game. The Florida Intl Golden Panthers have split their last eight road games.
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The Rice Owls look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Rice Owls are averaging 76 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 82.4 points on 49.6 percent shooting. Marcus Evans is averaging 20.1 points and three assists while Egor Koulechov is averaging 16.8 points and seven rebounds. Marquez Letcher-Ellis is the third double-digit scorer and Connor Cashaw is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Rice Owls are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Owls are allowing 41.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.7 rebounds per game. The Rice Owls have won six of their last nine home games.
The Golden Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Owls are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Both teams are struggling a bit heading into this matchup, which makes the line seem like its on point. However, in a toss up game between two teams that have been hit or miss, I usually like to side with the home team. Besides, the Owls play their best ball at home.