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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Green Wave at Rice

Tulane Green WaveRice Owls
Feb 23, 8:00 PM | Autry Court

Tulane Green Wave vs Rice Owls Odds

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College hoops betting interest focuses on the Rice vs Tulane battle Saturday at Autry Court as the Owls look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This season, the Owls are 5-20 overall and 9-9 ATS ATS, while the Green Wave are 17-9 and 10-9 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Rice boasts a 11-5 on the OU, and Tulane is 13-5.

View Tulane vs Rice Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Green Wave were listed as 9-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Owls - Green Wave odds would favor the Green Wave if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Rice is rated No. 344 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tulane is at No. 156. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 70-55 win for the Green Wave.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Rice's No. 348-rated squad against Tulane's No. 142-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Rice rates No. 67 in the country with 7.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 192 nationally with 6 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Tulane owns the country's No. 133-rated mark, allowing 67.8 points per game on the highway. Rice, on the other hand, rates No. 318 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Tulane was a 78-67 winner at home against Southern Methodist. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Tulane got 25 points from Ricky Tarrant en route to a 78-67 victory over Southern Methodist on Saturday at Fogelman Arena.

Last time out for Rice, they were an 80-57 loser as they battled UAB on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 13.5-point underdog. Rice was run off the court by the Blazers on Saturday as UAB routed them 80-57 at Bartow Arena.

Tulane Green Wave Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing UAB are 2-8
After playing Southern Methodist are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
Before playing Southern Methodist are 4-6
After playing UAB are 1-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few Green Wave at Owls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tulane's last 6 games when playing on the road against Rice
Tulane is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Rice
Tulane is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice's last 6 games when playing at home against Tulane
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Rice's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice's last 7 games when playing Tulane
Rice is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Tulane home to UAB, Wednesday, February 27
Rice at Southern Methodist, Wednesday, February 27