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Rice vs UTSA Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds

Owls vs Roadrunners Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Rice Owls at UTSA Roadrunners
  • Where: San Antonio at UTSA Convocation Center
  • Date: Monday, January 16th
  • Betting Odds: Rice -6, RICE -269 | UTSA +215 O/U 150.5

Owls Preview:

The Rice Owls head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 12-5. So far, the Owls have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 3-3. This season, Rice has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 6-2. For today’s contest, Rice has a betting line set -6 points in their favor.

Rice’s leading scorer this season is Quincy Olivari, who is averaging 18.41 points per contest. So far, Olivari has accounted for 22.53% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.12 rebounds per game and 2.65 assists. Travis Evee is the second leading scorer for the Owls, averaging 16.47 points per game. Between him and Evee, they are accounting for 42.7% of the team’s scoring.

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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%.

Roadrunners Preview:

UTSA heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-11. Currently, the Roadrunners have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 7-4. So far, the Roadrunners have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6 underdogs on the spread.

UTSA’s leading scorer this season is Japhet Medor, who is averaging 12.78 points per contest. So far, Medor has accounted for 18.91% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.61 rebounds per game and 3.72 assists. John Buggs III is the second leading scorer for the Roadrunners, averaging 11.11 points per game. Between him and III, they are accounting for 35.4% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for UTSA this season, as they are currently ranked 319th in college basketball at 67.3 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 Roadrunners’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.4%, placing them 487th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: UTSA Roadrunners +6

After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Rice Owls as the favorites to win. Not only do the UTSA Roadrunners have a mediocre record vs the spread at home of late 5-5, but Rice also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -6 in favor of the Owls is too high and there is good value on grabbing UTSA vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Rice Owls as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing UTSA taking the points.

 


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