Rice vs UTSA College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21

Rice vs UTSA College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21 Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

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

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)

The Line: Rice Owls +2 -- Over/Under: 157 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The UTSA Roadrunners and the Rice Owls meet Saturday in college basketball action from Tudor Fieldhouse. 

UTSA enters this one at 4-4 overall this year. As for Rice, they’re currently 7-2 on the season. This will be a rematch of Friday’s game featuring these teams. In that game, Rice managed a nine-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place. 

UTSA opened up the year with a win over UTPB, but then fell in their next two outings versus UT Rio Grande Valley and Oklahoma. After that it was a 3-1 run for the Roadrunners, with a loss to Oregon State mixed in with wins over Sul Ross State, Our Lady of the Lake and Lamar. 

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In Friday’s game, UTSA took another loss, this time 95-86 to Rice. Leading the Roadrunners in scoring was Keaton Wallace with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Jhivvan Jackson added 18 points with four rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes of play. 

Over on the Rice side, the kicked off the season with four straight wins over Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake, Letourneau and Houston Baptist. After a loss to New Mexico, Rice managed another win over HBU before a loss to Sam Houston and a win over New Orleans. 

In the Friday victory, Rice’s top scorer was Travis Evee with 36 points, four assists and two rebounds. Quincy Olivari added 21 points with seven boards, and Max Fieldler doubled up on 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Owls. 

Rice is 4-7 ATS in the last 11 at home versus a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400 and the under is 5-2 in their last seven overall. The under is 4-1 in the Owls’ last five Saturday games as well. 

Meanwhile, the Roadrunners are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five Saturday games. UTSA is 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall and the over is 9-3 in their last 10 Saturday games. 

PICK: I’m probably sticking with Rice here. UTSA has notched some pretty nice scoring outings this season but they’ve been relatively inconsistent. The Roadrunners have 88 or more points in three of their last four games, but they’ve also been at 66 or below in three of seven outings. Rice has a pretty solid offense when the matchup is favorable, and I like another good scoring outing to happen in this one. Friday’s comeback win was a good one for the Owls, and should give some nice momentum heading into the weekend.  

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Andrew’s Pick Rice Owls +2

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