NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Crimson at Harvard
Rice Owls vs Harvard Crimson Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Harvard Crimson try to run the Rice Owls off the court at Lavietes Pavilion in college hoops action.
Harvard battles the Owls, currently sitting with a 3-9 mark (4-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 5-4 for the Crimson and 2-2 for the Owls.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Crimson as 17-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Crimson, most recently No. 198 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Owls, who rate No. 334 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 68-56 victory for the Crimson.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Harvard's No. 303-rated squad against Rice's No. 344-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Harvard rates No. 112 in the country with 6.8 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 112 nationally with 6.8 per match.
Defensively, Rice features the nation's No. 103-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.2 points per game. Harvard, meanwhile, comes in at No. 168 nationally in scoring at home.
Rice was a 57-41 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Texas. They covered the 18-point spread as underdogs. Rice suffered a 57-41 loss against Texas on Saturday, getting 14 points from Austin Ramljak in a losing effort at Frank Erwin Center.
Harvard was a 70-69 loser in their most recent outing on the road against St. Mary's. They covered the 12-point spread as underdogs. Harvard suffered a 70-69 loss against St. Mary's on Monday, getting 19 points from Jonah Travis in a losing effort at McKeon Pavilion.
Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Southern Miss are 3-5
After playing Texas are 1-7
After a loss are 4-6
Harvard Crimson Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Dartmouth are 8-2
After a loss are 8-2
A few Owls at Crimson trends to consider:
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Harvard is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
Harvard is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Rice home to Southern Miss, Wednesday, January 9
Harvard at Dartmouth, Saturday, January 12