The Southern Miss Golden Eagles (4-14, 0-5 CUSA), who are currently riding a five-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they welcome the Rice Owls (9-9, 1-4 CUSA) to Reed Green Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Rice Owls at Southern Miss Golden Eagles Odds Preview
In the Owls’ last outing, they fell to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 72-56. With 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Trey Murphy III was the game’s leading scorer. Louisiana Tech held the Owls to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.2 (below their season average of 24.7). Rice, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.137 vs. 0.108).
The Golden Eagles are hoping for a better outcome after their 72-52 loss to the North Texas Mean Green in their last game. With 10 points and 10 rebounds, Southern Miss’ Tyler Stevenson played well. North Texas held the Golden Eagles to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.2 (below their season average of 29.7). Southern Miss, on the other hand, did a terrific job of making free throws (11-15; 73.3 percent).
Getting to the line might be rare for Southern Miss in this showdown. The Golden Eagles currently rank 324th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.171, while Rice ranks 40th in FTA rate allowed (0.166).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Owls won the sole game last season, 73-65. The Owls dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.298 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0. For those same stats, the Golden Eagles were 0.078 and 10.3, respectively.
Rice Owls vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles ATS Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Southern Miss, ATS Winner – Southern Miss, O/U – Under
Rice ranks 101st in assists per game (13.9) while Southern Miss ranks 183rd in assists allowed per game (13.8).
The Golden Eagles’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 20.2, up from 8.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Owls have scored an average of 70.8 points per game (2.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.6 points per game (3.0 above their season average).