Betting on today’s Owls and Owls game? Catch the action at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, TX, as the Owls hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. In this American Athletic matchup, Florida Atlantic is favored by -12 vs. Rice. The over/under for the game is 153 points.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS VS RICE OWLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Florida Atlantic Owls -12

This game will be played at Tudor Fieldhouse at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 24th.

WHY BET THE FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Owls.
  • Not only will Rice pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +12.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can the Owls Lock in a Win at Houston?

Florida Atlantic is favored by 12 points in this game, as they have been the favorite in 16 of their 19 games this season. They are 12-4 in those games. The Owls are coming off an 86-77 win over Wichita State, and they have won three straight games.

So far, Florida Atlantic has gone 5-3 on the road, and their average scoring margin in those games is +6.0. In their last 10 road games, they have gone 6-4.

Florida Atlantic has been right around .500 vs. the spread this season, going 9-9. However, they have struggled vs. the spread in their last 3 road games, going 0-3. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Owls have gone just 2-8 vs. the spread.

Florida Atlantic’s over/under record this season sits at 10-8 and today’s line of 153 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games this season (149.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 178 points and their over/under record during that stretch is 3-0. So far this season, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 153.

In their most recent game, the Owls’ offense tallied 86 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 84.1 points per game. For the season, the Florida Atlantic offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 49%. So far, they have hit 57% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 9.1 made three’s per contest.

Florida Atlantic’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 73.0 points per game. The Florida Atlantic defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 77 points and allowed Wichita State to connect on 9 threes.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Underdog Rice?

As the underdog, Rice will look to improve upon their 1-7 record in such games. They come in with an overall record of 7-11, including a 5-5 mark at home. Their average scoring margin at home is +3.6 compared to -10.3 on the road.

In their last game, Rice defeated Temple by a score of 69-66. They have gone 4-6 in their last 10 home games. So far this season, they have been the underdog eight times and have a record of 1-7.

As the underdog this season, Rice has gone just 2-6 vs. the spread. Their home ATS record is 4-6 overall and 3-6-1 over their last 10 games. They are also just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games as the underdog. Overall, their ATS record this season is 7-10.

This season, the over/under record for Rice games is 7-9-1. On average, their games have finished with 148.4 points, which is 4.7 points lower than today’s over/under line of 153. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

The Owls’ offense finished with 69 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 73.4 points per contest. The team’s scoring leader is Travis Evee, who holds an average of 16.6 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Mekhi Mason is averaging 13.6 points per game this season.

The Owls’ defense is presently ranked 230th nationally, allowing an average of 75.6 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Rice’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 46.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 36.3% this season.