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Charlotte 49ersRice Owls
12-6January 25, 2014, 08:00 | Autry Court5-13

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Charlotte when they take on the Rice Owls on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

The Owls sit at 5-13 (5-8 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the 49ers are currently 12-6 (8-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Rice is 4-9 OU, and Charlotte is 7-6 OU.

View Charlotte 49ers vs Rice Owls Odds and Stats.

The Owls were listed as 6-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Owls sit at No. 317 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the 49ers sit at No. 170 on the same chart.

Last time out for Rice, they were a 73-63 loser as they battled Marshall at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite. Sean Obi poured in 22 points and added 17 rebounds in a losing cause for Rice on Thursday, as the Thundering Herd rolled to a 73-63 victory over Rice at Autry Court.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Rice's No. 242-ranked scoring average of 64.17 PPG, against a 49ers defense rated No. 203 and allowing 74.06 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 40.66% to date this season, less than the 49ers shooters have managed so far (45.42% per game).

A few 49ers at Owls trends to consider:
Charlotte is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Charlotte's last 5 games
Rice is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Rice's last 8 games
Rice is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Charlotte home to Florida Atlantic, Thursday, January 30th
Rice at Texas-San Antonio, Thursday, January 30th