Rice vs New Orleans College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/21/20

Rice vs New Orleans College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/21/20 Photo by Rick Osentoskij-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Privateers (1-6) at Rice Owls (5-2)

College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)

The Line: Rice Owls -7 -- Over/Under: 144 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New Orleans Privateers and the Rice Owls meet in college basketball action from Tudor Fieldhouse on Monday afternoon.

The New Orleans Privateers will look to snap a three-game losing skid after a 73-63 loss to Louisiana last time out. Troy Green led New Orleans with 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting with a team-high 6 rebounds while Lamont Berzat had 13 points with a pair of threes, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Damion Rosser added 10 points pm 4 of 8 shooting with 4 threes to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for New Orleans in the loss while Ladarius Marshall had 5 points with 6 rebounds and Derek St. Hilaire had 6 points with 3 steals. Green leads New Orleans in scoring with an average of 17.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while Berzat leads the Privateers in assists with 3.3 helpers per game this season. As a team, New Orleans is averaging 64.9 points on 44.1% shooting from the field, 25.7% from behind the arc and 70.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.3 points on 45.1% shooting from the field and 31% from 3-point range this season.

The Rice Owls will look to build on their 5-2 start to the year after an 82-69 loss to Sam Houston State last time out. Quincy Olivari led the Owls with 17 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 3 threes and 5 rebounds while Chris Mullins added 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting with 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Travis Evee chipped in 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 threes and Max Fiedler added 10 points with a team-high 8 rebounds to finish off the scoring in double figures for Rice in the loss. Cameron Sheffield also chipped in 4 points with a team-high 6 assists in the loss for the Owls. Olivari leads Rice in scoring with an average of 18.6 points per game while Fiedler leads the Owls in rebounding and assists with an average of 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Rice is averaging 81.6 points on 44.4% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 68% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.7 points on 43.4% shooting from the field and 32.2% from 3-point range this season.

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New Orleans is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 36-16-1 in their last 53 games overall. Rice is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 10-3-1 in their last 14 Monday games.

This is a low line all things considered and it’s almost like they’re begging you to take Rice with the side-by-side comparison. However, while Rice has the better record and has played more consistent competition this season, Rice has also lost two of their last three games and New Orleans has found themselves in quite a few close games this season. I’ll take a shot with New Orleans and the points in this one.

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Chris’s Pick New Orleans +7

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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