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Rice Owls Open as College Basketball Underdog vs California Golden Bears

California looks to cover the Golden Bears-Owls pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 18-15 mark when they host Rice in college basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The California Golden Bears betting line opened as -15.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

Rice Owls vs California Golden Bears Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The California Golden Bears bring a 18-15 record (15-18 ATS) to this tilt against the 12-20 Owls, who are 17-9-1 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed California go 14-18 so far and the Rice Owls go 13-11.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the California Golden Bears rated this week at No. 207 and the Rice Owls sitting at No. 70.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up California's No. 148 nationally ranked offense (66.52 points per game) against a Rice Owls defense that sits as the No. 124 at 65.84 PPG. The California Golden Bears have been averaging 43.9% from the field, more than the Owls have managed so far this season (42.04% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Seth Gearhart scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Owls to a win (they lost 70-64 to Louisiana Tech at Legacy Arena on Thursday).

California was crushed on Thursday, getting blown out by Arizona and falling by a 73-51 score at MGM Grand.

Betting Trends
  • Rice is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Rice is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice's last 5 games
  • Rice is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • California is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of California's last 6 games
  • California is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games at home
  • California is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Rice at San Francisco, Monday, November 16th
California at Santa Barbara, Monday, November 16th