Looking to win big? The Owls and Green Wave face off at 9:00 ET on ESPNU. The Green Wave are hosting the game at Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, LA. This American Athletic conference matchup has an over/under of 163 points, and the Green Wave are favored to win at home vs. the Owls.
RICE OWLS VS TULANE GREEN WAVE BETTING PICK
The Pick: Tulane Green Wave -8.5
This game will be played at Devlin Fieldhouse at 9:00 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.
WHY BET THE TULANE GREEN WAVE:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-66 in favor of the Green Wave.
- Not only will Tulane pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -8.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 163 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.
Do the Owls Have What it Takes in New Orleans?
Rice is set to play their 14th game of the season and currently have a 6-7 record. When playing on the road, the Owls are 1-3, while they have a 5-4 record at home. Heading into their game against Tulane, Rice holds a 6-7 ATS record. In their last ten games, Rice is 3-2 vs. the spread.
Looking at their over/under performance through 13 games, Rice has an over/under record of 5-7-1, with their games averaging 147.6 points per game on average. The Owls’ last five games have finished with a combined 132 points per game and an over/under record of 1-4.
Coming off their recent game, the Rice offense tallied 67 points in a matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette. Their field goal percentage for the game was 38.2%, and they made 11 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Travis Evee who comes into today’s matchup averaging 16.5. Mekhi Mason also heads into the game with a PPG average of 12.5.
Coming into today’s game, the Rice defense is giving up an average of 73.8 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Rice defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Louisiana-Lafayette knocked down 11 three-pointers on their way to 84 points.
Will the Green Wave Win at Devlin Fieldhouse?
Tulane is set to play their 13th game of the season, as they currently hold a 9-3 record. Looking back at their previous ten home games, which includes those from last year, Tulane has a 7-3 record. As of now, Tulane holds a 4-7 record against the spread heading into today’s game. In their previous five games, they are 1-3 vs. the spread.
Looking at their over/under performance through 12 games, Tulane has an over/under record of 9-2-0, with their games averaging 170.6 points per game on average. The Green Wave have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 177 points per game and an over/under record of 3-1.
The Tulane offense is coming off a game in which they scored 66 points vs. George Mason. Overall their field goal percentage was 34.5% while connecting on 10 threes. Kolby King is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 15.8 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Kevin Cross brings a PPG average of 16.9 into the game.
At present, the Green Wave’s defense is nationally ranked 265th, allowing 79.8 points per game. The Tulane defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 69 points and allowed George Mason to connect on 10 threes.