Looking to win big? The Owls and Owls face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Owls are hosting the game at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The over/under for this game is set at 143.5 points, and the Owls are the home favorites against the Owls in a American Athletic conference matchup.

RICE OWLS VS TEMPLE OWLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Rice Owls +3.5

This game will be played at Liacouras Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

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 Temple pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can Rice Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

After starting the season 6-3, the Rice Owls have hit a rough patch, losing eight straight games as the underdog. They enter today’s game against Temple as 3.5-point underdogs, and they have gone 0-8 in such games this season.

Rice is coming off an 81-79 loss to Charlotte, and they are 6-11 overall this season. Their record in American Athletic Conference games is 0-4, and they have gone 1-5 on the road this season.

As the underdog this season, Rice has an ATS record of just 1-6-1. On the road, they are 2-4 vs. the spread this year, and their last 3 road ATS mark is 1-2. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Owls are 3-6-1.

This season, the over/under record for Rice is 8-8-1 and the average point total in their games is 149.8. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 143.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 161 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 3-0.

Rice’s offense had a good outing, putting up 79 points against Charlotte. They achieved a 52.7% field goal percentage and went 11/17 from the free-throw line. Travis Evee was the leading scorer for the Owls, putting up 21 points. In addition, Max Fiedler contributed 15 points.

Currently, the Owls’ defense holds the 251st rank in the nation, allowing 76.1 points per game. Rice’s three-point defense is currently 171st in the country at 8.1 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.5% of their shots vs. Rice.

Will Temple Make it Happen at Home?

Temple enters this game as the favorite, with a record of 5-3 in games they have been favored in this season. They are 4-5 at home this season, and their average scoring margin at home is -1.2 points per game. Over their last 10 games at home, the Owls have gone 5-5.

Overall, Temple is 8-10 this season, and they have lost three games in a row. In American Athletic Conference play, they have gone just 1-4. Their non-conference record is 7-6, and they are 3-5 on the road this season.

Temple’s ATS record this season is 6-10-1, including a mark of 4-5 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Owls have gone 5-5 vs. the spread, but they are just 1-4 in their last five games as the favorite.

So far this season, the over/under record for Temple games is 7-9-1. The average scoring total in their games this year is 143.6 points, which is slightly higher than the average over/under line of 141.9. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 132 points.

In contrast to their season average of 70.8 points per game, the Temple had a below average performance. They scored 64 points against SMU and had a field goal percentage of 36.9%. Leading the team in scoring was Shane Dezonie with 14 points. Jahlil White also added 14 points for the Owls.

Coming into today’s game, the Temple defense is giving up an average of 72.7 points per contest. So far, the Temple defense is giving up an average of 8.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.5 times per game (443rd).