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USF vs Rice Basketball Picks 1-12-24

Rice Owls (6-9) vs. South Florida Bulls (8-5)
January 12, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: South Florida Bulls -5.5 / Rice Owls +5.5; Over/Under: +143.5
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The Rice Owls are riding a 3-game losing streak. The USF Bulls look for a win after winning 6 of their last 7 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Rice Owls vs USF Bulls prediction.

Rice Owls Betting Preview

The Rice Owls lost to Louisiana, Tulane and UTSA during this streak. The Rice Owls are averaging 73.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Travis Evee is averaging 16.9 points and 3.3 rebounds, while Mekhi Mason is averaging 12.9 points and 4 rebounds. Max Fielder is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Keanu Dawes is dishing 0.8 assists. The Rice Owls are shooting 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The Rice Owls are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game.

USF Bulls Betting Preview

The USF Bulls recently beat Alabama State and Temple, while losing to UAB. The USF Bulls are averaging 76.1 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Chris Youngblood is averaging 15.1 points and 1.9 assists, while Selton Miguel is averaging 14.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jayden Reid is dishing 4.2 assists and Kasean Pryor is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The USF Bulls are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The USF Bulls are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game.

Rice Owls vs USF Bulls prediction

The Rice Owls are starting to rack up the losses as the defense is taking a step backwards, and now they’re on the road where they’ve had no success this season. Rice has allowed 80 plus points in each of its last three games, and those issues usually don’t get fixed on the road. The USF Bulls have been better defensively this season, and they’re 7-2 SU at home. Also, USF is 7-5-1 ATS on the season while Rice is 5-9 ATS and that includes failed covers in 5 of its last 8 games. The line is reasonable. Give me USF in a nice home win and cover.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: South Florida Bulls -5.5

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Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA. Follow Randy Chambers on Twitter.

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