Northwestern State Demons (8-2) vs. Rice Owls (7-3)
December 17, 2022 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Rice Owls -5.5 / Northwestern State Demons +5.5; Over/Under: +150.5
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The Northwestern State Demons and the Rice Owls meet in college basketball action from the Tudor Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
The Northwestern State Demons will look to build on their seven-game win streak after a 91-73 win over Louisiana-Monroe last time out. Demarcus Sharp leads the Demons in scoring and assists with 16.1 PPG and 4.1 APG while JaMonta’ Black has 14.1 PPG with 3.7 RPG and Isaac Haney has 13.8 PPG with 4.6 RPG as well this season. Dayne Prim has 11 PPG with 4.1 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Northwestern State so far this season while Jalen Hampton has a team-high 6.8 RPG to lead the Demons on the glass this season. As a team, Northwestern State is averaging 74.9 PPG on 41.7% shooting from the field, 38.2% from three and 71.2% from the foul line this season.
The Rice Owls will try to build on a 92-54 win over subdivision North American last time out. Quincy Olivari leads the Owls in scoring with 18 PPG while Trevis Evee has 15.6 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Rice up to this point in the year. Max Fiedler also has a team-high 7.1 RPG and 5.4 APG to lead the Owls in rebounding and assists up to this point in the year. As a team, Rice is averaging 78.4 PPG on 47.6% shooting from the field, 33.8% from three and 70.9% from the foul line up to this point in the year.
Northwestern State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Rice is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a win by 20+ points and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games.
I get why you’d lay points with Rice at home, but Northwestern State’s been on fire lately, including wins in their last four road games outright. I’m not sure they do it again here as Rice has been playing well and are at home here, but still I think at worst the Demons are capable of keeping this game close so give me the points with Northwestern State here.