Planning on watching today’s Owls and Blazers game? Catch the action at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, AL, as the Blazers hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. This American Athletic conference matchup has an over/under of 148.5 points, and UAB is favored to win by -11.5 at home vs. Rice.

RICE OWLS VS UAB BLAZERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Rice Owls +11.5

This game will be played at Bartow Arena at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, February 21st.

WHY BET THE RICE OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Blazers.
  • Even though we have UAB winning straight-up, we like Rice at +11.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 148.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Does Rice Have a Shot at a Road Win?

After losing their last game to Tulsa by a score of 93-82, Rice comes into this game with a record of 9-16. So far this season, the Owls have gone 3-9 in American Athletic Conference games compared to their 6-7 non-conference record. On the road, they have gone 4-6, and they are currently on a three-game losing streak.

As an underdog this season, Rice has gone 3-12, and they are 3-2 in their last five road games. On the season, they have an average scoring margin of -7.6 points per game on the road.

As the underdog, Rice has struggled vs. the spread this season, going just 4-9-2. However, their road ATS mark is 5-5, and they have gone 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games. Overall, the Owls’ ATS record for the year is 9-14-2.

This season, the over/under record for Rice games is 12-12-1 with an average scoring total of 150 points. Today’s over/under line of 148.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (151.6). So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 157 points.

Rice’s offense had a good outing, putting up 82 points against Tulsa. They achieved a 45.5% field goal percentage and went 16/23 from the free-throw line. The team’s scoring leader is Travis Evee, who holds an average of 16 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Mekhi Mason is averaging 14 points per game this season.

Looking at the Rice defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 76.7 points per game (282nd). The Rice defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 93 points and allowed Tulsa to connect on 11 threes.

Can UAB Deliver Being Favored at Home?

UAB is coming off a 71-62 win over North Texas and has won three straight games. On the season, the Blazers have a record of 17-8 and are 9-3 in American Athletic Conference play. At home, UAB has gone 11-3 compared to 5-5 on the road.

So far, the Blazers have been favored in 14 of their 25 games, going 10-4 in those contests. UAB has an average scoring margin of +2.8 points per game at home compared to -1.8 points per game on the road. Over their last 10 games at home, the Blazers have gone 9-1.

As the favorite this season, UAB has an ATS mark of just 5-8-1. However, they have been much better vs. the spread at home, going 8-5-1. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Blazers are just 4-5-1, but they have gone 3-0 ATS in their last 3 home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Today’s over/under line of 148.5 is exactly in line with the average over/under line in UAB games this season. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 138 points, which is lower than today’s line.

In their latest game, UAB offense put up 71 points against North Texas. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 42.9% and made 3 threes. Offensively, the Blazers have a season long field goal percentage of 44%, which is 216th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 350th in percentage and 326th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the UAB defense is giving up an average of 74.5 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.3 threes per game vs. Rice. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.3%.