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Rice vs. Old Dominion - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Old Dominion Monarchs (10-3) at Rice Owls (3-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Autry Court)

The Line: Rice Owls +14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Old Dominion Monarchs will travel to Tudor Fieldhouse to take on the Rice Owls this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Old Dominion Monarchs won their 5th straight game and improved to 10-3 (1-0 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 89-58, this past Saturday. Old Dominion made quick work of the 49ers and had no trouble cruising to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 42-16 halftime lead. Old Dominion shot 53.4% from the field and 46.7% (7-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Monarchs was Ahmad Caver who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Old Dominion is averaging 74.0 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Monarchs are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Old Dominion has been led by Ahmad Caver (14.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.8 spg), B.J. Stith (14.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Randy Haynes (11.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Trey Porter (11.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 bpg). Defensively, Old Dominion is holding their opponents to an average of 60.8 ppg on 37.9% shooting from the field. The Monarchs have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of 4.2.

Rice vs. Old Dominion - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rice Owls lost their 5th consecutive game and dropped to 3-12 (0-2 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the UTEP Miners, 80-62, this past Saturday. Rice went into halftime with a 31-29 lead, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Miners took a 70-54 lead with 3:47 left in regulation. Rice shot 36.1% from the field and 24.2% (8-33) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was Connor Cashaw who had 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Rice is averaging 66.5 ppg on 39.3% shooting from the field. The Owls are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rice has been led by Connor Cashaw (16.3 ppg,, 6.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg), A.J. Lapray (10.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 spg), Ako Adams (8.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Robert Martin (7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg). Defensively, Rice is allowing their opponents to average 75.7 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Owls have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of -4.5.

The Monarchs are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games following a straight up win and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Owls are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS loss and 10-26-1 ATS in their last 37 games vs. C-USA opponents.

Old Dominion is looking as if they might be one of the teams to beat in the C-USA this season as they have an outstanding defense that ranks 10th in scoring defense and 14th in defensive FG% to go along with an some solid offensive players in Ahmad Caver and B.J. Stith. Rice was really hurt in the offseason after losing their coach and the majority of their talent and although they still have a solid player in Connor Cashaw, the Owls have struggled on both sides of the court as they rank just 322nd in scoring offense and 356th in scoring defense. I’m not going to overthink this one as it basically comes down to the fact that Old Dominion plays great defense and Rice can’t score the basketball.  I’m taking Old Dominion to cover this large road spread. 

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