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Houston Cougars vs Rice Owls Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Rice OwlsHouston Cougars
5-5December 21, 2013, 04:30 | Toyota Center7-5

Rice pays a visit to Houston on Saturday, hoping to send the Cougars to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Toyota Center.

Supporters of the Owls have watched them go 5-5 and 4-1 ATS on the year, while the Cougars are at 7-5 and 4-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Cougars are 1-6, while the Owls have a 2-3 mark.

View Rice Owls vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Rice before tip-off in this one found them as 5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 229-rated Cougars and the No. 259-ranked Owls, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Rice was a 69-56 winner in its last match at home against Northwood. Keith Washington scored 14 points leading the Owls to a 69-56 victory over Northwood at Autry Court on Thursday.

Houston was a 79-76 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Louisiana-Lafayette. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. TaShawn Thomas scored 27 points for Houston on Saturday, but the Ragin Cajuns managed a 79-76 victory over the Cougars at Cajundome.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 126 nationally ranked offense (74.67 points per game) against a Owls defense that sits as the No. 145 at 70.7 PPG. The Cougars have been averaging 46.13% from the field, more than the Owls have managed so far this season (43.3% on average).

A few Owls at Cougars trends to consider:
Rice is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games
Rice is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Houston
Rice is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games when playing Houston
Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Houston is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Rice
Houston is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Rice
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Rice

Next up:
Rice at Texas, Monday, December 30th
Houston at Connecticut, Tuesday, December 31st