Rice vs UTSA College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/1/21

Rice vs UTSA College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/1/21 Photo by Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

UTSA Roadrunners (4-3) at Rice Owls (6-2)

College Basketball: Friday, January 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)

The Line: Rice Owls +1.5 -- Over/Under: 151 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The UTSA Roadrunners and Rice Owls meet Friday in college basketball action at the Tudor Fieldhouse.

The UTSA Roadrunners need a win after splitting their last six games. The UTSA Roadrunners are averaging 81.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 75.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Jhivvan Jackson is averaging 17 points and 4.7 rebounds while Keaton Wallace is averaging 11.9 points and 3.9 rebounds. Jacob Germany is grabbing 6.6 rebounds and Luka Barisic is dishing 0.6 assists. The UTSA Roadrunners are shooting 27.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The UTSA Roadrunners are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game.

The Rice Owls look for a win after splitting their last four games. The Rice Owls are averaging 80.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Quincy Olivari is averaging 18 points and 3.9 rebounds while Travis Evee is averaging 12.6 points and 2.5 assists. Chris Mullins is the third double-digit scorer and Max Fiedler is dishing 3.5 assists. The Rice Owls are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Rice Owls are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.1 rebounds per game. 

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The Roadrunners are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Roadrunners last 8 overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Roadrunners last 5 road games. The under is 5-2 in Owls last 7 Friday games. The under is 5-1 in Owls last 6 overall.

You can make a case for either of these teams that have kind of been hit or miss this season, but it's the UTSA Roadrunners who have had zero covering success dating back to last season. UTSA is not a team I'm going to lay chalk with, especially on the road. The Rice Owls have put together some nice wins lately and you can argue they'll have the best player on the floor here. Give me the free bucket. 

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Randy’s Pick Rice Owls +1.5

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