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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Mustangs at Southern Methodist

Rice OwlsSouthern Methodist Mustangs
Feb 27, 8:00 PM | Moody Coliseum

Rice Owls vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds

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The Southern Methodist Mustangs will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Rice Owls at Moody Coliseum on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.

Southern Methodist battles the Owls, currently sitting with a 5-21 mark (9-10 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-10-1 for the Mustangs and 12-5 for the Owls.

View Rice vs Southern Methodist Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Owls were listed as 13.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Mustangs - Owls odds would favor the Mustangs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Southern Methodist is rated No. 177 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Rice is at No. 347. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 67-54 win for the Mustangs.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Southern Methodist has the nation's No. 248-rated offensive output, at 64.5 PPG. The visiting Owls defense ranks No. 266 allowing on average 70.5 PPG. The Mustangs FG% has averaged 44.4% so far, more than the Owls marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.1% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Rice owns the country's No. 225-rated mark, allowing 71.6 points per game on the highway. Southern Methodist, on the other hand, rates No. 261 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Rice, they were an 89-64 loser as they battled Tulane at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 9-point underdog. Rice was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Tulane and falling by an 89-64 score at Autry Court.

In their last action, Southern Methodist was a 72-69 loser at home against East Carolina. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Southern Methodist got 18 points from Jalen Jones but lost anyway, 72-69, to East Carolina on Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Texas El Paso are 2-8
After playing Tulane are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

Southern Methodist Mustangs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing UAB are 1-7
After playing East Carolina are 4-3
After a loss are 4-6

A few Owls at Mustangs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rice's last 7 games when playing on the road against Southern Methodis
Rice is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Southern Methodis
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Methodist's last 5 games when playing Rice
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Methodist's last 7 games when playing at home against Rice
Southern Methodist is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Rice
Southern Methodist is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Rice

Next up:
Rice home to Texas El Paso, Saturday, March 2
Southern Methodist at UAB, Saturday, March 2