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Rice vs. Middle Tennessee State - 3/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Middle Tennessee State at Rice
Date & Time Sunday March 3, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location
Tudor Fieldhouse
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Rice -2 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
CUSA.TV
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The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Rice Owls meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Tudor Fieldhouse.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders could use a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are averaging 65.7 points on 41.2 percent shooting and allowing 74.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Antonio Green is averaging 18.4 points and 4.2 rebounds while Reggie Scurry is averaging 11.6 points and six rebounds. Donovan Sims is the third double-digit scorer and Karl Gamble is grabbing six rebounds. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.8 rebounds per game. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.

The Rice Owls also need a win after losing eight of their last 12 games. The Rice Owls are averaging 74.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 79 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Chris Mullins is averaging 12.5 points and 2.6 assists while Robert Martin is averaging 12 points and 6.5 rebounds. Ako Adams is the third double-digit scorer and Jack Williams is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Rice Owls are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rice Owls are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.3 rebounds per game. The Rice Owls have won four of their last six home games.

The Blue Raiders are 39-19 ATS in their last 58 vs. Conference USA, 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Sunday games and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Owls are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Conference USA and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 9-4 in Blue Raiders last 13 road games. The over is 4-1 in Owls last 5 Sunday games.

The Rice Owls obviously aren't playing good basketball right now and head into this contest shooting just 38 percent from the field in their last five games. It's bad. With that said, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have lost 10 of their last 11 road games and are being outscored by an average of 13.2 points on the road this season overall. MTSU is also just 5-10 ATS on the road and 8-13 ATS as an underdog. If there's any game for Rice to get back on track and get a feel good victory, it's here. I'll lay the bucket with the Owls.

Pick:
Rice -2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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