Check out our free Rice vs North Texas pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Denton. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Rice vs North Texas Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Owls vs Mean Green Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Rice Owls at North Texas Mean Green
- Where: Denton at UNT Coliseum
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: Rice +10, RICE +405 | NTX -566 O/U 131.5
Rice will take the floor against the Mean Green with an overall record of 13-5. On the road, the Owls will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 4-3. So far, the Owls have been the underdog 6 times, going 3-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +10 underdogs on the spread.
Rice will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Quincy Olivari who is averaging 19.06 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 42.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.61 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%.
Mean Green Preview:
The North Texas Mean Green head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 15-4. So far this season, North Texas has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-2. The Mean Green’s are sitting with a betting line that is -10 points in their favor. For the season, North Texas has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 13-2.
North Texas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tylor Perry who is averaging 17.65 points per game for the Mean Green. Perry 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 Mean Green’s offensive game plan is the play of Kai Huntsberry who has hit 34.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.26 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Texas this season, as they are currently ranked 385th in college basketball at 64.9 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 Mean Green’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.2%, placing them 168th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: North Texas Mean Green -10
If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the Rice Owls to cover as +10 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both Rice and North Texas come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Owls and the fact that they have 4-1 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on their away floor.
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