Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Golden Hurricane versus the Owls? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPNU. The game will be played at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, TX. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 148.5 points, and Rice is favored by -3 to win at home against Tulsa.

TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE VS RICE OWLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Rice Owls -3

This game will be played at Tudor Fieldhouse at 8:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE RICE OWLS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-70 in favor of the Owls.
  • Not only will Rice pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 148.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Golden Hurricane Stand a Chance on the Road?

After losing by 33 points to SMU, Tulsa is 10-8 overall and 1-5 in the American Athletic Conference. They have lost all four of their road games this season, and their average margin of defeat is -13.8 points per game.

As an underdog, Tulsa is 1-6 this season, and they have gone 0-10 on the road over their last 10 games.

As the underdog, Tulsa has struggled against the spread this season, going just 2-4-1 vs. the spread. Their road ATS record is 0-3-1 this season and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are just 2-7-1 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Tulsa games is 10-6. The average scoring total in their games this year is 150.8 points, which is higher than the average over/under line in their games of 146.9. Over their last three games, Tulsa has an over/under record of 3-0 with an average scoring total of 179 points.

Compared to their season average of 77.7 points per game, Tulsa struggled in their previous game. Against SMU, the Golden Hurricane scored 70 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 41.9%. In terms of offense, the Golden Hurricane have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 242nd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 228th in percentage and 95th in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Golden Hurricane’s defense holds the 152nd rank in the nation, allowing 71.8 points per game. In their most recent game, the Tulsa defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as SMU knocked down 12 three-pointers on their way to 103 points.

Will the Owls Make it Happen at Home?

As a favorite, Rice has gone 6-3 this season. They are 5-7 at home this season and are currently on a four-game losing streak at home. Coming into this game, they have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games at home.

So far, Rice has an average scoring differential of +1.8 points per game at home this season. In their last game, they lost to Florida Atlantic by a score of 69-56.

As the favorite, Rice has gone just 5-4 vs. the spread this season. At home, the Owls have a 4-7-1 ATS mark. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Rice is 5-5 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 148.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Rice games this season (152.3). So far, the over/under record for the Owls this season is 8-10-1. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 140 points.

Most recently, the Rice offense finished with just 56 points vs. Florida Atlantic. For the game, they hit 7/24 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 34.9%. Coming into the game, the Owls offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 31%. On average, they get up 24.3 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 12.4 made free-throws.

The Owls’ defense is presently ranked 230th nationally, allowing an average of 75.2 points per contest. The Rice defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 69 points and allowed Florida Atlantic to connect on 7 threes.