UTSA vs. Rice - 12/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rice Owls (3-10) at UTSA Roadrunners (7-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm (UTSA Convocation Center)
The Line: UTSA Roadrunners -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some C-USA college basketball action on tap as the Rice Owls take on the UTSA Roadrunners on Thursday night.
The Rice Owls will look to rebound after losing 3 straight and 8 of their last 10 after a 74-66 loss to Texas State in their last outing. Connor Cashaw led the team with 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 6 rebounds and 4 assists, while Miles Lester was the only other Owl to finish in double figures scoring with 11 points and a team-high 5 assists. Bishop Mercy went 0 of 5 from the floor but still pulled down 6 rebounds of his own to share the team-lead with Cashaw. Cashaw leads Rice with an average of 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Ako Adams leads the team in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Rice is scoring 66.9 points per game on 39.5% shooting from the field, 30% from behind the arc and 66.9% from the foul line this season.
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The UTSA Roadrunners will try to bounce back after a 104-94 loss to Nebraska last time out. Jhivvan Jackson led the team with 26 points on 9 of 20 shooting with 5 threes, while Deon Lyle came next with 15 points on 5 threes of his own. Nick Allen chipped in 12 points while Byron Frohnen and Keaton Wallace each had 10 points to finish off the double-digit scoring for UTSA in the loss. Giovanni De Nicolao added 6 points with a team-high 7 assists and a pair of steals, while George Wilborn III led the team with 7 rebounds. Jackson leads the team in scoring with 17 points per game, while Frohnen leads the way in rebounds with 7.2 per game and De Nicolao is the team’s leading assist man with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, UTSA is scoring 87.2 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 37.5% from behind the arc and 73% from the foul line this season.
Rice is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference matchups and 2-12 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 road games against a team with a winning home record. UTSA is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss and 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 home games while the over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 conference matchups. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I correctly called that UTSA would hang with Nebraska, and although I thought they had a shot at winning, covering is all we care about in this line of work. Rice on the other hand, is an average team ATS this season, but are quickly becoming one of my favourite fade plays over the last couple of weeks. We just saw UTSA hang 94 points on a decent Nebraska team, so imagine what will happen against a Rice team that’s mediocre defensively and has trouble putting points on the board. Give me UTSA to win this one in a blowout.