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NCAAB Game Preview - Owls underdogs vs Thundering Herd at Rice

Marshall Thundering HerdRice Owls
Jan 7, 8:00 PM | Autry Court

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Rice Owls Odds


Marshall pays a visit to Rice on Saturday, hoping to send the Owls to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Autry Court.

This season, the Owls are 9-6 overall and 1-5 ATS ATS, while the Thundering Herd are 10-4 and 4-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Rice boasts a 3-2-1 on the OU, and Marshall is 4-4.

View Marshall vs Rice Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Owls as 2.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Owls sit at No. 66 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Thundering Herd sit at No. 25 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Owls will win this game 79-78.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Thundering Herd is ranked No. 4 in NCAA hoops at 42.6 per game. Contrast that with Rice’s No. 16 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Rice is the No. 245-ranked team in the country at 5.4 per game, while Marshall rates No. 204 at 5.9 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Marshall owns the country's No. 125-rated mark, allowing 68.5 points per game on the highway. Rice, on the other hand, rates No. 57 in scoring at home.

Marshall won its last outing, a 76-60 result against Texas El Paso on January 4. They covered in that game as a 11.5-point favorite. Marshall got 15 points from Dennis Tinnon en route to a 76-60 victory over Texas El Paso on Wednesday at Cam Henderson Center.

In their last action, Rice was a 78-74 loser on the road against TCU. They failed to cover the 2.5–point spread as underdogs. The Owls endured a 78-74 loss at the hands of the Horned Frogs on Wednesday, despite an 18 -point effort from Dylan Ennis at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing UAB are 4-6
After playing Texas El Paso are 5-2
After a win are 7-3

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Southern Methodist are 3-7
After playing TCU are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

A few Thundering Herd at Owls trends to consider:
Marshall is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rice's last 6 games when playing Marshall
Rice is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Rice is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Rice is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Marshall

Next up:
Marshall at UAB, Wednesday, January 11
Rice at Southern Methodist, Wednesday, January 11