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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Jaguars over Owls

South Alabama JaguarsRice Owls
5-3December 07, 2013, 06:00 | Autry Court3-5

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Rice Owls try to run the South Alabama Jaguars off the court at Autry Court in college hoops action.

This season, the Owls are 3-5 overall and 3-1 ATS, while the Jaguars are 5-3 and 3-3 ATS. As for the totals, Rice boasts a 1-3 on the OU, and South Alabama is 2-4.

View South Alabama Jaguars vs Rice Owls Odds and Stats.

Rice opened as 3.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 288-ranked Owls and the No. 90-rated Jaguars in this matchup.

South Alabama was a 91-41 winner in their most recent outing at home against Spring Hill. South Alabama cruised to victory on Monday, running Spring Hill out of the gym and running up a 91-41 score at Mitchell Center.

Rice was a 73-71 loser in its last match on the road against Houston Baptist. Rice suffered a 73-71 loss against Houston Baptist on Wednesday, getting 23 points from Austin Ramljak in a losing effort at Sharp Gym.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Rice's No. 233-rated squad against South Alabama's No. 36-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Rice rates No. 22 in the country with 8.62 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 21 nationally with 8.62 per match.

A few Jaguars at Owls trends to consider:
South Alabama is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
South Alabama is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
South Alabama is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Rice is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games
Rice is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
South Alabama at Gonzaga, Saturday, December 14th
Rice at Northwood, Thursday, December 19th