Planning on watching today’s Owls and Shockers game? Catch the action at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, KS, as the Shockers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. This American Athletic conference matchup has an over/under of 143.5 points, and Wichita State is favored to win by -5.5 at home vs. Rice.

RICE OWLS VS WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Rice Owls +5.5

This game will be played at Charles Koch Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

WHY BET THE RICE OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-70 in favor of the Shockers.
  • Even though we have Wichita State winning straight-up, we like Rice at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can Rice Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?

Coming into this game, Rice is 11-17 overall and 5-10 in American Athletic Conference play. They have gone 5-6 on the road this season, and their average scoring margin on the road is -4.8 points per game.

As the underdog, the Owls have gone 4-12 this season. In their last game, they lost to Temple by a score of 65-43. Over their last 10 road games, Rice has gone 5-5.

As the underdog, Rice has an ATS record of 5-9-2 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-5 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 4-4-2 vs. the spread. In their last 3 road games, the Owls have gone 2-1 ATS.

Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Rice’s games this season (150.6). So far, 17 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 131 points.

The Rice offense is coming off a game in which they scored 43 points vs. Temple. Overall their field goal percentage was 25.9% while connecting on 1 three. The team’s scoring leader is Travis Evee, who holds an average of 16.1 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Mekhi Mason is averaging 13.9 points per game this season.

The Owls’ defense is presently ranked 257th nationally, allowing an average of 75.2 points per contest. Rice’s three-point defense is currently 220th in the country at 8.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 45.6% of their shots vs. Rice.

Can Wichita State Deliver Being Favored at Home?

Wichita State enters this game with a record of 12-17 and a two-game win streak. They are 4-11 in American Athletic Conference play and 8-6 in non-conference games. At home, the Shockers are 8-7 this season.

As the favorite, Wichita State is 9-4, and they have been favored in 13 of their 29 games. Their average scoring margin at home is +.2 compared to -4.0 on the road. In their last game, they defeated UAB, 74-66, and over their last 10 home games, they are 3-7.

As the favorite this season, Wichita State has gone 6-7 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Shockers have gone just 3-7 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Wichita State games is 12-15. On average, their games have finished with 144.9 points compared to an average over/under line of 146.4. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points and their OU record during this stretch is 0-3.

In their recent game, the Shockers’ offense concluded with 74 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 72.2 points per contest. The team’s top scorer is Colby Rogers, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 15.8, while Xavier Bell also maintains a PPG average of 12 leading up to the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Wichita State defense is giving up an average of 72.9 points per contest. Wichita State will look once again to perform well on defense, holding UAB to just 40% shooting in their most recent game.