Rice vs Southern Mississippi College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/5/21

Rice vs Southern Mississippi College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 2/5/21 Photo by Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-10) at Rice Owls (10-8)

College Basketball: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)

The Line: Rice Owls -3 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Rice Owls meet Friday in college basketball action at the Tudor Fieldhouse.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are averaging 65.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 64.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Tyler Stevenson is averaging 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds while Tae Hardy is averaging 10.8 points and three assists. Jaron Pierre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and LaDavius Draine is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are allowing 31.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game.

The Rice Owls look to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rice Owls are averaging 76.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Travis Evee is averaging 15.4 points and 2.7 assists while Quincy Olivari is averaging 14.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. Chris Mullins is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Mullins is dishing 2.8 assists. The Rice Owls are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Rice Owls are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.4 rebounds per game. 

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The Golden Eagles are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Owls are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 7-1-1 in Golden Eagles last 9 road games. The over is 4-1 in Owls last 5 Friday games. The underdog is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.

I'm not running to the window to bet either of these clubs, but the Rice Owls are the better team here, and they win at home by an average of 6.3 points while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles lose on the road by an average of 7.9 points while shooting 40.2 percent from the field. Early game, Rice should be able to get the job done here at home. I'll lay the bucket. 

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Randy’s Pick Rice Owls -3

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

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