Rice Owls (9-6) vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (7-9)
January 15, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -4 / Rice Owls +4; Over/Under: +166
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The Rice Owls and the Marshall Thundering Herd meet in college basketball action from the Cam Henderson Arena on Saturday.
The Rice Owls will look to rebound from an 80-66 loss to Western Kentucky last time out. Travis Evee leads the Owls in scoring with 14.8 PPG along with 3.4 RPG while Carl Pierre has 14.3 PPG with 4.3 RPG. Chris Mullins has 9.9 PPG with 2.6 APG while Max Fiedler has 8.7 PPG with a team-high 8.4 RPG and 3.1 APG to lead the Owls in the rebounding and assists departments. As a team, Rice is averaging 76.6 PPG on 46.2% shooting from the field, 37.9% from three and 70.9% from the foul line while allowing 74.2 PPG on 42.9% shooting from the floor and 31.1% from three this season.
The Marshall Thundering Herd will try to snap a six-game losing streak after a 69-65 loss to North Texas last time out. Taevion Kinsey leads the Herd in scoring with 19.9 PPG along with 5.3 RPG and 4.1 APG while Obinna Anochili-Killen has 13.1 PPG and a team-high 6.7 RPG to lead Marshall on the glass. Andrew Taylor has 12.3 PPG with 5.6 RPG and a team-high 4.7 APG to lead the Herd in assists and round out the group of double-digit scorers for Marshall so far this season. Darius George also has 8.9 PPG and 5.6 RPG as well this season. As a team, Marshall is averaging 76.1 PPG on 43.5% shooting from the field, 27.8% from three and 70.6% from the foul line while allowing 76 PPG on 44% shooting from the field and 33.7% from three this season.
Rice is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Marshall is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
I get the argument that you could make either way here, but I’m going to side with the under in this spot. The totals are still sky high for both teams because of some inflated season averages, but even with all of the unders that have been rolling in on both sides, the books have yet to adjust. That only benefits us here as I think we have another under on another bloated total.