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Cougars visit Rice Owls in college basketball clash

Houston CougarsRice Owls
March 3, 8:00 PM | Autry Court

Houston Cougars vs Rice Owls Odds

14-14TEAM RECORD17-13

The Owls hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Houston Cougars pay a visit to Autry Court on the college basketball betting menu.

The Cougars will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 9-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Owls are 9-12 ATS. Houston is 9-8-2 against the total, while Rice is 9-11-1 versus the number.

View Houston vs Rice Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Rice in this one will find them as 8-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 120-rated Owls and the No. 221-ranked Cougars, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 74-70 result in favor of the Owls.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cougars is ranked No. 92 in NCAA hoops at 36.1 per game. Contrast that with Rice’s No. 88 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Rice is the No. 219-ranked team in the country at 5.6 per game, while Houston rates No. 252 at 5.4 per game.

Defensively, Houston features the nation's No. 284-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.5 points per game. Rice, meanwhile, comes in at No. 102 nationally in scoring at home.

Houston won its last outing, an 82-53 result against Tulane on February 29. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. The Cougars blew out Tulane on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 82-53 win at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Rice won its last outing, a 68-61 result against Texas El Paso on February 29. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog. The Owls got 12 points from Connor Frizzelle as Rice ran past Texas El Paso 68-61 on Wednesday at Haskins Center.

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Tulane are 2-8
After a win are 6-4

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Texas El Paso are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

A few Cougars at Owls trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Rice
Houston is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Rice
Houston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Rice
Rice is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Rice is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Houston
Rice is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Rice's last 9 games

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