Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Owls and Golden Hurricane. The game is starting at 3:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Golden Hurricane at Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this American Athletic conference contest is set at 147.5 points, with Tulsa being favored by -4.5 at home against Rice.

RICE OWLS VS TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE BETTING PICK

The Pick: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -4.5

This game will be played at Reynolds Center at 3:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-67 in favor of the Golden Hurricane.
  • Not only will Tulsa pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can the Owls Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

After losing two straight games, Rice heads to Tulsa as 4.5-point underdogs. The Owls are 9-15 overall, including a 3-8 record in American Athletic Conference play. They have gone 6-7 in non-conference games, compared to 3-11 as underdogs.

On the road, Rice has gone 4-5 this season, and they are currently on a three-game winning streak away from home. Over their last 10 road games, the Owls are 4-6, and their average scoring margin on the road is -7.2 points per game.

As the underdog this season, Rice has an ATS record of 4-8-2. However, their last three road games against the spread have all resulted in wins for the Owls. On the year, Rice has an ATS mark of 9-13-2.

Today’s over/under line of 147.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Rice’s games this season (151.8). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last five games, the average scoring total is 153 points.

Rice offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 65 points against South Florida. In that game, they made 7/22 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 41.7%. In terms of offense, the Owls have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 278th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 224th in percentage and 102nd in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Owls’ defense is positioned 265th in the country, permitting 76.0 points per game. So far, the Rice defense is giving up an average of 8.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.8 times per game (584th).

Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Tulsa?

After losing their last four games, Tulsa will look to get back on track when they host Rice. So far this season, the Golden Hurricane have gone 10-5 at home compared to just 1-6 on the road. They are also 9-1 when favored.

Over their last 10 games at home, Tulsa has gone 6-4. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +8.4 points per game.

At home this season, Tulsa has an ATS record of 8-5-2 and an overall ATS mark of 9-10-3. As the favorite, the Golden Hurricane are 6-2-2 vs. the spread this year and have gone 4-4-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.

So far this season, the over/under record for Tulsa games is 12-10. On average, their games have finished with 148.8 points compared to an average over/under line of 147.4, resulting in a margin of +1.4 points. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 125 points.

The Tulsa offense is coming off a game in which they scored 50 points vs. South Florida. Overall their field goal percentage was 35.7% while connecting on 2 threes. The top scorer for the Golden Hurricane was PJ Haggerty with 19 points, while Jared Garcia also chipped in with 7 points.

The Golden Hurricane’s defense is presently ranked 198th nationally, allowing an average of 73.0 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Tulsa defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as South Florida knocked down 13 three-pointers on their way to 69 points.