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NCAA hoops odds preview - Rice vs. East Carolina

Rice OwlsEast Carolina Pirates
7-18February 22, 2014, 05:00 | Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum14-13

The East Carolina Pirates will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Rice Owls at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in NCAA basketball action.

East Carolina will face the 7-18 Owls, who own a 9-11 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Pirates are 6-14 on the OU so far this season while the Owls are 6-14.

View Rice Owls vs East Carolina Pirates Odds and Stats.

East Carolina opened as -8-point favorites 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.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pirates rated this week at No. 244 and the Owls sitting at No. 333.

Rice lost its last outing, a 55-51 result against Old Dominion on February 20. They covered in that game as a 10-point underdog. Rice suffered a 55-51 loss against Old Dominion on Thursday, getting 11 points from Sean Obi in a losing effort at Ted Constant Center.

In their last action, East Carolina was a 75-68 winner at home against Louisiana Tech. They covered the 11-point spread as underdogs. East Carolina got 21 points from Caleb White en route to a 75-68 victory over Louisiana Tech on Thursday at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features East Carolina's No. 67-ranked scoring average of 74.85 PPG, against a Owls defense rated No. 146 and allowing 70.28 PPG. The Pirates FG% has averaged 44.57% to date this season, more than the Owls shooters have managed so far (40.65% per game).

A few Owls at Pirates trends to consider:
Rice is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
Rice is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games
Rice is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
East Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
East Carolina is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
East Carolina is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of East Carolina's last 5 games

Next up:
Rice home to UAB, Thursday, February 27th
East Carolina at Charlotte, Thursday, February 27th