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Rice vs. North Texas - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Texas Mean Green (9-8) at Rice Owls (4-13)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm (Autry Court)

The Line: Rice Owls +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The North Texas Mean Green will travel to Tudor Fieldhouse to take on the Rice Owls this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The North Texas Mean Green lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 9-8 (2-2 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Old Dominion Monarchs, 63-60, this past Saturday. North Texas fought back from a 58-48 deficit with 5:41 left in regulation to make it game late, however, came up short at the end after turning the ball over with just :04 seconds left in the game. North Texas shot 40.0% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mean Green was Ryan Woolridge who had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, North Texas is averaging 74.5 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Mean Green are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Texas has been led by Roosevelt Smart (18.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Ryan Woolridge (12.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.6 spg), Shane Temara (10.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg), and A.J. Lawson (9.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.6 apg). Defensively, North Texas is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Mean Green have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

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Rice vs. North Texas - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rice Owls snapped their 6-game losing streak and improved to 4-13 (1-3) on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 73-64, this past Saturday. Rice was solid on the defensive end against the 49ers and pulled away late after finishing the last 5:45 of regulation on a 14-6 run. Rice held Charlotte to 38.7% shooting from the field and 23.1% (6-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Owls was Ako Adams who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Rice is averaging 67.4 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Owls are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rice has been led by Connor Cashaw (15.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), A.J. Lapray (10.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 spg), Ako Adams (9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Bishop Mercy (7.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg). Defensively, Rice is allowing their opponents to average 75.4 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Owls have a rebound margin of -0.3 and a turnover margin of -3.6.

The Mean Green are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Owls are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS win and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. C-USA opponents.

North Texas was competitive in their loss agianst a very good Old Dominion team and has played well as of late as the Mean Green have won 5 of their last 8 games. The Mean Green have average on both sides of the ball this season as they rank T-177th in scoring offense and 155th in scoring defense. Rice was able to snap their losing streak against Charlotte, however, has struggled on both ends of the ball this season as they rank 311th in scoring offense and 247th in scoring defense. North Texas is the better team however, the Mean Green are just 3-5 on the road this season and as I liked how Rice has played at home in their recent games against Old Dominion and Charlotte, I’m taking the Owls and the points in this one. 

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