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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Longhorns at Texas

Rice OwlsTexas Longhorns
Dec 29, 2:00 PM | Frank Erwin Center

Rice Owls vs Texas Longhorns Odds

3-8TEAM RECORD7-5

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Texas and Rice on Saturday, with the host Longhorns trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Longhorns sport records of 7-5 and 5-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Owls have 3-8 and 3-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-7 for the Longhorns and 2-1 for the Owls.

View Rice vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Longhorns in this one found them listed as 20.5-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:
This game puts the Longhorns, most recently No. 56 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 67-56 victory for the Longhorns.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Owls is ranked No. 342 in NCAA hoops at 27.5 per game. Contrast that with Texas’s No. 31 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Texas is the No. 271-ranked team in the country at 5 per game, while Rice rates No. 108 at 6.8 per game.

Defensively, Rice features the nation's No. 146-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.3 points per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 242 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Rice, they were a 65-63 loser as they battled TCU at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point underdog. Rice got 25 points from Tamir Jackson on the way to a 65-63 loss against TCU on Saturday at Autry Court.

Last time out for Texas, they were a 67-56 loser as they battled Michigan State on the road. They covered in the match as a 11.5-point underdog. Texas got 16 points from Julien Lewis but lost anyway, 67-56, to Michigan State on Saturday at Breslin Center.

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Harvard are 1-1
After playing TCU are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

Texas Longhorns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Baylor are 7-3
After playing Michigan State are 4-3
After a loss are 5-5

A few Owls at Longhorns trends to consider:
Rice is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rice
Texas is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Rice home to Harvard, Saturday, January 5
Texas at Baylor, Saturday, January 5