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Owls open as college hoops underdog vs Tigers

Memphis TigersRice Owls
Jan 16, 7:00 PM | Autry Court

Memphis Tigers vs Rice Owls Odds

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

Rice battles the Tigers, currently sitting with a 12-3 mark (5-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-3 for the Owls and 7-2-1 for the Tigers.

View Memphis vs Rice Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Rice opened as 19.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 71-rated Memphis taking on the No. 344-rated Owls in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 75-55 win for the Tigers on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Rice's No. 337-ranked offense, averaging 57.3 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 136 at 64.5 PPG. The Owls field goal percentage has averaged 38.6% so far, less than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 48% per game.

Defensively, Memphis features the nation's No. 242-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.8 points per game. Rice, meanwhile, comes in at No. 330 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Memphis, they were a 69-53 winner as they battled UAB on the road. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point favorite. Memphis got 19 points from Adonis Thomas en route to a 69-53 victory over UAB on Saturday at Bartow Arena.

Rice lost its last outing, a 64-51 result against Tulsa on January 12. They failed to cover in that game as a 12.5-point underdog. Rice got 14 points from Tamir Jackson but lost anyway, 64-51, to Tulsa on Saturday at Reynolds Center.

Memphis Tigers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
After playing UAB are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
After playing Tulsa are 6-4
After a loss are 2-8

A few Tigers at Owls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games on the road
Memphis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games when playing Memphis
Rice is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Rice is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Memphis
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Memphis home to Harvard, Saturday, January 19
Rice home to New Orleans, Saturday, January 19

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