NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Blazers at UAB
Rice Owls vs UAB Blazers Odds
The Rice Owls will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Blazers in UAB at Bartow Arena on Saturday in college basketball action.
The Blazers sport records of 11-14 and 8-14 ATS heading into this battle, while the Owls have 5-19 and 9-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-11 for the Blazers and 10-5 for the Owls.
Bettors looking to go with the Blazers in this one found them listed as 14.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Owls was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Blazers at No. 148 and the Owls at No. 344 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 69-59 result in favor of the Blazers.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Owls rank No. 348 in NCAA Division 1 with 25.7 per game. That compares with UAB’s No. 95 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where UAB is college basketball's No. 122-ranked team at 6.7 per game, while the Owls rate No. 55 with 7.5 per game.
Defensively, Rice features the nation's No. 205-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.8 points per game. UAB, meanwhile, comes in at No. 37 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Rice was a 71-70 loser on the road against Marshall. They covered the 13.5-point spread as underdogs. The Owls got 16 points from Tamir Jackson, but it was Marshall that prevailed in a 71-70 final on Wednesday at Cam Henderson Center.
In their last action, UAB was a 74-61 loser on the road against East Carolina. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. UAB got 14 points from Rod Rucker but lost anyway, 74-61, to East Carolina on Wednesday at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Tulane are 3-7
After playing Marshall are 2-6
After a loss are 2-8
UAB Blazers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Marshall are 5-5
After playing East Carolina are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
A few Owls at Blazers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 6 games on the road
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
UAB is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rice
UAB is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of UAB's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UAB's last 6 games when playing Rice
Rice home to Tulane, Saturday, February 23
UAB at Marshall, Saturday, February 23