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Conference USA Tournament - NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Mean Green at North Texas

Rice OwlsNorth Texas Mean Green
7-22March 11, 2014, 05:30 | Don Haskins Center15-15


The North Texas Mean Green will be trying to slam the Rice Owls on Tuesday when the teams tip off at Don Haskins Center in college betting action.

North Texas will face the 7-22 Owls, who own a 10-14 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Mean Green are 10-13 on the OU so far this season while the Owls are 6-18.

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

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Mean Green installed as -4-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mean Green rated this week at No. 241 and the Owls sitting at No. 332.

Last time out for North Texas, they were a 79-68 loser as they battled Tulsa at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point underdog. Brandan Walton scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Mean Green to a win (they lost 79-68 to Tulsa at The Super Pit on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Texas's No. 152-ranked offense, averaging 70.13 PPG, against a Owls defense that ranks No. 125 at 69.66 PPG. The Mean Green field goal percentage has averaged 42.27% so far, more than the Owls marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.45% per game.

A few Owls at Mean Green trends to consider:
Rice is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rice's last 5 games
Rice is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing North Texas
North Texas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Texas's last 6 games
North Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rice