Looking to win big? The Owls and Tigers face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Tigers are hosting the game at FedExForum in Memphis, TN. The over/under for this game is set at 155 points, and Memphis is favored by -14.5 vs. Rice in a American Athletic conference matchup.

RICE OWLS VS MEMPHIS TIGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Rice Owls +14.5

This game will be played at FedExForum at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.

WHY BET THE RICE OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Tigers.
  • Even though we have Memphis winning straight-up, we like Rice at +14.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 155 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Can Rice Pull Off a Road Win?

Heading into tonight’s game against Memphis, Rice is 7-13 overall, including a 1-6 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Owls have lost two straight games and are just 2-5 on the road this season.

As underdogs, Rice is just 1-9 this season, and they are 3-7 in their last 10 road games. The Owls have gone 2-3 on the road in their last five games and 1-2 in their previous three road contests.

As the underdog this season, Rice has an ATS record of just 2-7-1. On the road, their ATS mark is 3-4 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Owls are just 2-7-1. Their overall ATS record for the year is 7-12-1.

Today’s over/under line of 155 is higher than the average over/under line in Rice’s games this season (152.1). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 5-5.

In their latest game, Rice’s offense looked good, scoring 83 points against Tulsa. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 43.5% and made 10/15 free throws. The team’s top scorer is Travis Evee, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 15.7, while Mekhi Mason also carries a PPG average of 13.8 into the game.

Currently, the Owls’ defense holds the 250th rank in the nation, allowing 75.7 points per game. In their most recent game, the Rice defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Tulsa knocked down 13 three-pointers on their way to 85 points.

Do the Tigers Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

Memphis enters this game as a 14.5-point favorite, and they have gone 13-3 when favored this season. The Tigers have a 15-5 record overall, including a 9-1 mark at home. In their last game, they lost to UAB, 97-88.

Over their last 10 home games, Memphis has gone 9-1, and they are 4-1 in their last five. On the year, they have gone 11-2 in non-conference games, and they are 4-3 in American Athletic Conference play.

As the favorite this season, Memphis has gone just 5-11 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Tigers have an ATS mark of 2-8. At home, Memphis is 2-8 vs. the spread this year and they are 0-5 in their last five home games vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Memphis is 12-8 and their games have averaged 157.3 points per game. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line of 155. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and their matchups have averaged 164 points compared to an average over/under line of 151.3 this year.

Memphis is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 88 points versus UAB. This output is higher than their season-average of 81.5 points per game. In terms of offense, the Tigers have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, putting them 115th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 142nd in percentage and 100th in three-pointers made.

Coming into the game, Memphis will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 75.8 points per game (253rd). On average, opposing teams are hitting 9.2 threes per game vs. Rice. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 33.7%.