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Rice vs. Louisiana Tech - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rice - Louisiana Tech
Date & Time Saturday January 5, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
Tudor Fieldhouse
Houston, TX
The Line
Louisiana Tech -9 -- Over/Under: 153.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | Rice - Louisiana Tech
Peter G. Aiken

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the Rice Owls meet in C-USA conference college basketball action from Tudor Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs come into this game looking to rebound after having a 7-game winning streak snapped with a 63-59 loss to North Texas in their last outing. DaQuan Bracey led the Bulldogs with 22 points on 8 of 20 shooting with a pair of steals while JaColby Pemberton added 11 points with a share of the team-high with 6 rebounds as the only other Louisiana Tech player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Anthony Duruji added 7 points and 6 rebounds while Mubarak Muhammed added 3 blocks in the defeat. Bracey leads Louisiana Tech with 13.8 points and 4.1 assists per game while Oliver Powell leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 78.6 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.

The Rice Owls will look to pick up some steam after a 73-65 win over Southern Miss in their last outing. Ako Adams led the Owls with 16 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 4 threes while Jack Williams, Chris Mullins and Trey Murphy III each added 12 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Rice in the win, with Williams adding 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double while Mullins added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Robert Martin added 7 points with 8 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists as well in the victory for Rice. Martin leads Rice in scoring with 12.8 points per game while Williams leads the Owls on the glass with 7.5 rebounds per game and Adams leads Rice in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Rice is averaging 75.6 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the 3-point line and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

Louisiana tech is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 conference games. Rice is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. Louisiana Tech is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Rice.

This seems like a lot of points to lay with Louisiana Tech on the road. However, the Bulldogs will no doubt be eager to get back to their winning ways after narrowly falling to North Texas and have been very good on the road dating back to last season. Rice hasn’t been very good at home, where normally you’re supposed to do your best work more often than not. Louisiana Tech has also taken 3 of the last 4 games at Rice, all of which came by double-digits, so I’ll lay the points with Louisiana Tech in a rebound victory here.

Pick:
Louisiana Tech -9

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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