Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Owls versus the Roadrunners? Tip off is at at 3:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at UTSA Convocation Center in San Antonio, TX. The odds for this American Athletic conference game currently have UTSA as the -1 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 155.5 points.

RICE OWLS VS UTSA ROADRUNNERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UTSA Roadrunners -1

This game will be played at UTSA Convocation Center at 3:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE UTSA ROADRUNNERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Roadrunners.
  • Not only will UTSA pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 155.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will Rice Make it Happen on the Road?

So far this season, Rice has gone 8-13 overall and 2-6 in American Athletic Conference play. They are 6-7 in non-conference games. On the road, the Owls have gone 3-5 this season, and they are currently on a two-game winning streak away from home.

As the underdog this season, Rice has gone 2-9. They have been the underdog in 11 of their 21 games this year. Most recently, they beat Memphis by a score of 74-71. Over their last 10 road games, the Owls have gone 4-6.

As the underdog this season, Rice has an ATS record of 3-7-1. On the road, the Owls have gone 4-4 vs. the spread this year and are 6-4 in their last 10 road games. Over their last three games as the underdog, Rice is 2-1 ATS.

This season, the over/under record for Rice sits at 9-11-1. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 148.6 points compared to an average over/under line of 152.3. Today’s over/under line of 155.5 is higher than the average scoring total in their games this season. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 146 points.

The Rice offense is coming off a game in which they scored 74 points vs. Memphis. Overall their field goal percentage was 49% while connecting on 10 threes. Leading Rice in scoring vs. Memphis was Mekhi Mason with his 17 points. Keanu Dawes also added 15 points for the Owls.

At present, the Owls’ defense is nationally ranked 239th, allowing 75.5 points per game. The Rice defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 71 points and allowed Memphis to connect on 3 threes.

Can the Roadrunners Lock in a Home Win?

UTSA enters this game as a one-point favorite, and they have gone 5-1 as the favorite this season. Overall, the Roadrunners are 8-13, including a 5-5 mark at home.

UTSA is coming off a 89-72 loss to South Florida, and they are 2-8 on the road this season. Their average scoring margin at home is -0.6, and their average scoring margin on the road is -9.7.

When looking at UTSA’s ATS record this season, they have gone 9-11. At home, the Roadrunners are 6-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, UTSA has a record of 4-6.

UTSA’s over/under record this season sits at 14-6 and today’s line of 155.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (153.2). So far, 12 of their games have had a lower over/under line than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 184 points.

Against South Florida, the UTSA had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 80.4 points per game. They scored 72 points and posted a field goal percentage of 38.2% in the game. The team’s scoring leader is Christian Tucker, who holds an average of 12.6 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Carlton Linguard Jr. is averaging 10.6 points per game this season.

At present, the Roadrunners’ defense is nationally ranked 326th, allowing 83.8 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 8.9 threes per game vs. Rice. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 36.1%.