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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs home to Rice Owls in NCAA Basketball betting action

Rice OwlsLouisiana Tech Bulldogs
7-16February 15, 2014, 08:00 | Thomas Center20-5

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Rice Owls at Thomas Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Bulldogs bring a 20-5 record (10-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 7-16 Owls, who are 8-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Louisiana Tech go 11-6-1 so far and the Owls go 6-12.

View Rice Owls vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Louisiana Tech sat as -20.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Bulldogs sit at No. 2 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Owls sit at No. 306 on the same chart.

Last time out for Rice, they were a 66-56 loser as they battled Tulsa at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. Max Guercy scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Owls to a win (they lost 66-56 to Tulsa at Autry Court on Saturday).

Louisiana Tech won its last outing, a 90-75 result against North Texas on February 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 18-point favorite. Louisiana Tech earned a 90-75 victory over North Texas on Saturday, getting 18 points from Kenyon McNeail at Thomas Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Louisiana Tech's No. 3-ranked scoring average of 84.2 PPG, against a Owls defense rated No. 144 and allowing 70.3 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 46.51% to date this season, more than the Owls shooters have managed so far (40.96% per game).

A few Owls at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Rice is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games
Rice is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rice's last 7 games
Rice is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Louisiana Tech is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Louisiana Tech's last 5 games
Louisiana Tech is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Louisiana Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Rice at Old Dominion, Thursday, February 20th
Louisiana Tech at East Carolina, Thursday, February 20th