NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Dragons at Rice
Drexel Dragons vs Rice Owls Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Drexel Dragons travelling to Rice Sunday to take on the Owls.
This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Anaheim Convention Center.
Rice battles the Dragons, currently sitting with a 1-4 mark (0-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 1-1 for the Owls and 3-1 for the Dragons.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Owls as 13-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Owls at No. 112 and the Dragons at No. 79 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 63-58 result in favor of the Dragons.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Rice's No. 296 nationally ranked offense (59.8 points per game) against a Dragons defense that sits as the No. 272 at 71.2 PPG. The Owls have been averaging 37.1% from the field, less than the Dragons have managed so far this season (44.2% on average).
Defensively, Drexel features the nation's No. 142-rated defense on the road, allowing 67 points per game. Rice, meanwhile, comes in at No. 247 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Drexel was a 69-65 loser at home against Xavier. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Dragons endured a 69-65 loss at the hands of the Musketeers on Friday, despite a 19-point effort from Damion Lee at Anaheim Convention Center.
Rice lost its last outing, a 77-66 result against Drake on November 23. They failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point underdog. Tamir Jackson scored 25 points for Rice on Friday, but the Bulldogs managed a 77-66 victory over the Owls at Anaheim Convention Center.
Drexel Dragons Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Rider are 4-4
After a loss are 6-4
Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Houston Baptist are 1-1
After playing Drake are 0-1
After a loss are 6-4
A few Dragons at Owls trends to consider:
Rice is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Drexel home to Rider, Saturday, December 1
Rice home to Houston Baptist, Saturday, December 1