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Rice vs. North Texas - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Texas Mean Green (12-1) at Rice Owls (5-8)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Rice Owls +7.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5
TV Channel
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The North Texas Mean Green and Rice Owls meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Tudor Fieldhouse.

The North Texas Mean Green look to stay hot while building on their impressive 12-1 record. The North Texas Mean Green are averaging 71.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 62.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Umoja Gibson is averaging 13 points and 2.1 rebounds while Ryan Woolridge is averaging 12.4 points and 5.5 assists. Michael Miller is the third double-digit scorer and Zachary Simmons is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The North Texas Mean Green are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The North Texas Mean Green are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The North Texas Mean Green have won three of their last four road games.

The Rice Owls could use a feel good victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Rice Owls are averaging 74.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 81.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Chris Mullins is averaging 13.1 points and 1.8 assists while Ako Adams is averaging 11.8 points and 2.7 rebounds. Robert Martin is the third double-digit scorer and Jack Williams is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Rice Owls are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 64.2 percent from the free throw line. The Rice Owls are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Rice Owls have split their last six home games.

The Mean Green Eagles are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 road games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Owls are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Conference USA and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mean Green Eagles are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Mean Green Eagles last 5 road games. The under is 5-1 in Owls last 6 overall.

It's not often you find a team like the North Texas Mean Green, but when you do, you ride them until the tickets stop cashing. North Texas has not only been tearing things up SU, but they've covered 16 of their last 21 road games and seven of their last 10. When you find a team that consistent and trends that strong, I usually throw numbers out of the way and just blindly back that team. I'll lay the chalk with North Texas.

Pick:
North Texas Mean Green -7.5

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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