College baskeball point spread favors Cougars in battle with Owls
Houston Cougars vs Rice Owls Odds
The Rice Owls will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Houston Cougars at Autry Court in NCAA basketball action.
The Owls are 4-15 so far on the season, and 6-6 ATS vs. the number. The Cougars, meanwhile, are 13-6 and 5-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Rice go 7-3 and the Cougars go 6-4 on the totals.
The Cougars were listed as 4-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Owls at No. 342 and the Cougars at No. 152 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 76-60 result in favor of the Cougars.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Rice's No. 321 nationally ranked offense (59.9 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 258 at 69.9 PPG. The Owls have been averaging 40.6% from the field, less than the Cougars have managed so far this season (45.3% on average).
Defensively, Houston features the nation's No. 256-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.5 points per game. Rice, meanwhile, comes in at No. 316 nationally in scoring at home.
Houston was a 66-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against UAB. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. Houston earned a 66-61 victory over UAB on Saturday, getting 17 points from TaShawn Thomas at Hofheinz Pavilion.
Last time out for Rice, they were a 73-66 loser as they battled Tulane on the road. They covered in the match as a 15-point underdog. The Owls endured a 73-66 loss at the hands of the Green Wave on Saturday, despite a 23-point effort from Seth Gearhart at Fogelman Arena.
Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Southern Methodist are 7-3
After playing UAB are 4-6
After a win are 8-2
Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing East Carolina are 2-8
After playing Tulane are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7
A few Cougars at Owls trends to consider:
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Rice
Houston is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games when playing Houston
Rice is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Rice is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Houston
Rice is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Houston at Southern Methodist, Saturday, February 2
Rice home to East Carolina, Saturday, February 2