Looking to win big? The Ragin’ Cajuns and Owls face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Owls are hosting the game at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, TX. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 147.5 points, with the Owls being the favored team playing at home against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE RAGIN’ CAJUNS VS RICE OWLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Rice Owls -3.5

This game will be played at Tudor Fieldhouse at 8:00 ET on Friday, December 22nd.

WHY BET THE RICE OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-66 in favor of the Owls.
  • Not only will Rice pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can Louisiana-Lafayette Stun the Crowd at Tudor Fieldhouse?

Louisiana-Lafayette comes into the game with a 6-5 overall record, having played 11 games. The Ragin’ Cajuns have a 0-5 record on the road this season, but are a perfect 3-0 at home. As we examine Louisiana-Lafayette’s ATS performance, we find that they currently hold a 4-4 record. Looking at their performance in the last five games, they have gone 3-1 vs. the spread.

After 11 games, Louisiana-Lafayette has an over/under record of 4-4-0, with their games averaging a combined 151.9 points per game so far. In their most recent three games, the Ragin’ Cajuns’ over/under record is 1-2, with their games averaging 139 points per game.

The Louisiana-Lafayette offense is coming off a game where they scored 72 points against McNeese State. They posted a field goal percentage of 48% and connected on 7 threes. The top scorer for the Ragin’ Cajuns was Kentrell Garnett with 19 points, while Hosana Kitenge also added 16 to the scoreboard.

So far, the Ragin’ Cajuns’ defense is ranked 159th in the country at 71.3 points per contest. Against McNeese State in their most recent game, the Louisiana-Lafayette defense gave up a total of 74 points while allowing McNeese State to hit 51% of their shots.

Can Rice Lock in a Home Win?

Rice comes into this game with a 6-6 record after defeating Northwestern State by a score of 76-51. In away games, the Owls have a 1-3 record while they have a 3-3 record at home. Rice has a subpar ATS record of 4-6, sitting below .500. In terms of road games, the Owls are 2-2 vs. the spread, while at home they are 2-4 ATS.

Rice’s games have, on average, featured 149.3 points per game leading to an over/under record of 4-5-1. Their average over/under line is currently 154.4 points so far. In their most recent three games, the Owls’ over/under record is 0-3, with their games averaging 133 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Rice offense tallied 76 points in a matchup against Northwestern State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 50.8%, and they made 7 threes. The top scorer for the Owls was Max Fiedler with 16 points, while Mekhi Mason also added 14 to the scoreboard.

Coming into today’s game, the Rice defense is giving up an average of 74.9 points per contest. Against Northwestern State in their most recent game, the Rice defense gave up a total of 51 points while allowing Northwestern State to hit 37% of their shots.