NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Green Wave at Tulane
Rice Owls vs Tulane Green Wave Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Tulane and Rice on Saturday, with the host Green Wave trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
This season, the Green Wave are 13-6 overall and 6-6 ATS ATS, while the Owls are 4-14 and 5-6 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Tulane boasts a 8-3 on the OU, and Rice is 6-3.
The visitors opened as 17-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Green Wave - Owls odds would favor the Green Wave if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tulane is rated No. 156 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Rice is at No. 344. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 70-54 win for the Green Wave.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tulane's No. 220 nationally ranked offense (65.8 points per game) against a Owls defense that sits as the No. 238 at 69.2 PPG. The Green Wave have been averaging 40.7% from the field, more than the Owls have managed so far this season (40.4% on average).
Defensively, Rice features the nation's No. 207-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.3 points per game. Tulane, meanwhile, comes in at No. 251 nationally in scoring at home.
Rice was a 78-67 loser in its last match on the road against Central Florida. They covered the 17-point spread as underdogs. The Owls got 15 points from Tamir Jackson, but it was Central Florida that prevailed in a 78-67 final on Wednesday at UCF Arena.
Tulane was a 71-60 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Memphis. They covered the 13.5-point spread as underdogs. The Green Wave got 16 points from Ricky Tarrant, but it was Memphis that prevailed in a 71-60 final on Tuesday at FedExForum.
Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-6
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Central Florida are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7
Tulane Green Wave Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Central Florida are 4-4
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
A few Owls at Green Wave trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Rice's last 7 games when playing on the road against Tulane
Rice is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Rice is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tulane
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tulane is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tulane's last 7 games when playing at home against Rice
Tulane is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Rice
Tulane is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
Rice home to Houston, Wednesday, January 30
Tulane home to Central Florida, Wednesday, January 30