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College basketball point spread favors Mean Green in battle with Owls

North Texas Mean GreenRice Owls
11-10February 06, 2014, 08:00 | Autry Court6-15

The Rice Owls will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the North Texas Mean Green at Autry Court in NCAA basketball action.

The Owls currently sports a 6-15 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-9 ATS. The Mean Green are 11-10 and 7-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Owls produce a 5-11 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Mean Green have gone 5-9 against the number.

View North Texas Mean Green vs Rice Owls Odds and Stats.

The Owls were listed as 1.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 326-rated Owls and the No. 244-ranked Mean Green, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

North Texas lost its last outing, a 94-63 result against Tulsa on February 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 11-point underdog. The Mean Green were hammered by Tulsa on Saturday, losing by a 94-63 final at Reynolds Center in college basketball betting action.

Last time out for Rice, they were a 68-57 loser as they battled Texas El Paso on the road. They covered in the match as a 14.5-point underdog. Marcus Jackson scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Owls to a win (they lost 68-57 to Texas El Paso at Don Haskins Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mean Green rank No. 39 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.19 per game. That compares with Rice’s No. 218 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Rice is college basketball's No. 14-ranked team at 8.57 per game, while the Mean Green rate No. 221 with 4.9 per game.

Next up:
North Texas at Louisiana Tech, Saturday, February 8th
Rice at Tulsa, Saturday, February 8th