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Charlotte vs Rice Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 26th Betting Odds
49ers vs Owls Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Charlotte 49ers at Rice Owls
- Where: Houston at Tudor Fieldhouse
- Date: Thursday, January 26th
- Betting Odds: Charlotte +1, CHARLT -104 | RICE -118 O/U 140.5
Through 20 games, the Charlotte 49ers have an overall record of 13-7. So far, the 49ers have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 4-5. For the season, Charlotte has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 3-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the 49ers being +1 point underdogs.
Charlotte will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Brice Williams who is averaging 12.25 points per game for the 49ers. Williams is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the 49ers’ offensive game plan is the play of Aly Khalifa who has hit 50.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.15 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Charlotte this season, as they are currently ranked 237th in college basketball at 70.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the 49ers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.5%, placing them 211th in the NCAA.
The Rice Owls head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 14-5. So far this season, Rice has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Owls as the -1 point favorites. The Owls have been favored 9 times, going 7-2 straight up.
Rice will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Quincy Olivari who is averaging 19.21 points per game for the Owls. Olivari is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Owls’ offensive game plan is the play of Travis Evee who has hit 41.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.26 points per game.
On offense, Rice comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 370th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Owls’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. So far, 42.93% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.3%.
Free Spread Prediction: Charlotte 49ers +1
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Rice as the favorites with a line coming in at -1. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Charlotte 49ers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Rice at 9.16 made 3’s per game compared to Charlotte at 7.52. Look for Charlotte to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Owls.