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Rice Owls home to Harvard Crimson in NCAA Basketball betting action

Harvard CrimsonRice Owls
12-1January 04, 2014, 08:00 | Autry Court5-7

The Harvard Crimson will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Owls in Rice at Autry Court on Saturday in college basketball action.

Supporters of the Crimson have watched them go 12-1 and 6-1 ATS on the year, while the Owls are at 5-7 and 5-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Owls are 2-5, while the Crimson have a 1-4-1 mark.

View Harvard Crimson vs Rice Owls Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Rice sat as 12.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Owls at No. 256 and the Crimson at No. 80 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Harvard, they were a 73-58 winner as they battled Boston College at home. They covered in the match as a 9-point favorite. Harvard got 21 points from Wesley Saunders en route to a 73-58 victory over Boston College on Wednesday at Lavietes Pavilion.

Last time out for Rice, they were a 66-44 loser as they battled Texas on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 17.5-point underdog. Rice was run off the court by the Longhorns on Monday as Texas routed them 66-44 at Frank Erwin Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Rice's No. 164-rated squad against Harvard's No. 138-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Rice rates No. 15 in the country with 8.67 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 215 nationally with 4.92 per match.

A few Crimson at Owls trends to consider:
Harvard is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Harvard is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Rice is 5-18 SU in its last 23 games
Rice is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Harvard at Connecticut, Wednesday, January 8th
Rice at Florida International, Thursday, January 9th