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Louisiana-Lafayette Rice Betting Preview

Rice OwlsLouisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns
March 14, 8:00 PM | Cajundome

Rice Owls vs Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Odds

17-15TEAM RECORD16-15

Louisiana-Lafayette looks to cover the Ragin Cajuns-Owls pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 16-15 mark when they host Rice in college basketball action.

The Ragin Cajuns bring a 16-15 record (12-14-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 17-15 Owls, who are 9-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Louisiana-Lafayette go 14-13 so far and the Owls go 11-11-1.

View Rice vs Louisiana-Lafayette Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Owls listed as 1-point favorites

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 96-ranked Ragin Cajuns and the No. 112-rated Owls in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 71-69 win for the Owls on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Louisiana-Lafayette's No. 161 nationally ranked offense (68.6 points per game) against a Owls defense that sits as the No. 145 at 66.1 PPG. The Ragin Cajuns have been averaging 43% from the field, less than the Owls have managed so far this season (44.6% on average).

Defensively, Rice features the nation's No. 76-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.7 points per game. Louisiana-Lafayette, meanwhile, comes in at No. 168 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Rice, they were a 68-66 loser as they battled East Carolina at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. Rice got 10 points from Arsalan Kazemi but lost anyway, 68-66, to East Carolina on Wednesday at FedExForum.

Louisiana-Lafayette was a 65-62 loser in its last match at home against North Texas. They earned a push of the 3-point spread as underdogs. Josh Brown scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Ragin Cajuns to a win (they lost 65-62 to North Texas at Hot Springs Convention Center on Sunday).

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
After playing East Carolina are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
After playing North Texas are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Owls at Ragin Cajuns trends to consider:
Rice is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisiana-Lafayette's last 5 games at home
Louisiana-Lafayette is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games at home
Louisiana-Lafayette is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Louisiana-Lafayette is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games