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FAU vs. Rice - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rice at FAU
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
FAU Arena
Boca Raton, Florida
The Line
The Line: FAU -5 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
CUSA.TV
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The Rice Owls and Florida Atlantic Owls meet Saturday in college basketball action at the FAU Arena.

The Rice Owls could use a win here after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Rice Owls are averaging 75.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 78.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Chris Mullins is averaging 12.6 points and 2.7 assists while Ako Adams is averaging 12 points and 2.6 rebounds. Robert Martin is the third double-digit scorer and Jack Williams is grabbing 8.1 rebounds. The Rice Owls are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Rice Owls are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game. The Rice Owls have lost five of their last six games.

The Florida Atlantic Owls also need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Atlantic Owls are averaging 71.4 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 43 percent shooting. Jailyn Ingram is averaging 18.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Anthony Adger is averaging 17 points and 2.4 assists. Xavian Stapleton is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Sebree is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Florida Atlantic Owls are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Atlantic Owls are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Florida Atlantic Owls have split their last six home games.

The Owls are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Conference USA, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Owls are 6-18 ATS in their last 24 games following a ATS win and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win. The Owls are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 13-5 in Owls last 18 overall. The under is 7-1 in Owls last 8 games following a ATS loss.

The Rice Owls continue to pile up the losses, and they play their worst by far on the road where they're allowing 80.8 points and losing by an average of 10.7 points. The Florida Atlantic Owls are coming off a strong home win over North Texas, a win that could help them finish the stretch on a strong note. FAU is solid defensively and showed flashes earlier in the year of being one of the better teams in the CUSA. This is a game that the Florida Atlantic Owls should win rather comfortably. 

Pick:
FAU -5

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