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NCAA hoops odds preview - Florida International vs. Rice

Florida International Golden PanthersRice Owls
8-7January 09, 2014, 08:00 | Autry Court5-8

The Florida International Golden Panthers will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Owls in Rice at Autry Court on Thursday in college basketball action.

The Owls bring a 5-8 record (5-3 ATS) to this tilt against the 8-7 Golden Panthers, who are 3-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Rice go 2-6 so far and the Golden Panthers go 3-3.

View Florida International Golden Panthers vs Rice Owls Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 4-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

This game matches up the No. 235 (Owls) and the No. 211 (Golden Panthers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Florida International was a 93-88 loser in its last match on the road against Florida A&M. Dennis Mavin scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Panthers to a win (they lost 93-88 to Florida A&M at Teaching Gymnasium on Thursday).

Rice was a 69-54 loser in their most recent outing at home against Harvard. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as underdogs. The Owls got 11 points from Keith Washington, but it was Harvard that prevailed in a 69-54 final on Saturday at Autry Court.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Rice has the nation's No. 228-rated offensive output, at 66.23 PPG. The visiting Golden Panthers defense ranks No. 161 allowing on average 70.87 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 40.99% so far, less than the Golden Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.15% per game.

A few Golden Panthers at Owls trends to consider:
Florida International is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Florida International is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Rice is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games
Rice is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Florida International at Louisiana Tech, Saturday, January 11th
Rice at Florida Atlantic, Saturday, January 11th