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New Mexico Lobos vs Rice Owls Point Spread: Betting Trends Hint at Winner

A key college basketball betting odds battle sees the away Rice Owls taking on the New Mexico Lobos Saturday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you were backing the Rice Owls in this one, their betting line was listed as 17.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at BetOnline.

Rice Owls vs New Mexico Lobos Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Rice Owls will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Saturday; they are 2-4 ATS against the betting line this season, while the New Mexico Lobos are 6-1 ATS. Rice Owls are 5-1 on betting the total; New Mexico Lobos are 4-3.

This game puts the New Mexico Lobos, most recently No. 122 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Rice Owls, who rate No. 284 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features New Mexico's No. 83-ranked scoring average of 78.33 PPG, against a Rice Owls defense rated No. 237 and allowing 79.6 PPG. The New Mexico Lobos FG% has averaged 47.23% to date this season, more than the Rice Owls shooters have managed so far (43.69% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Owls used a 32-point performance from Marcus Evans to help Rice smack St. Thomas (TX) 67-54 on Thursday at Autry Court.

The Lobos got 20 points from Elijah Brown as New Mexico ran past New Mexico State 79-61 on Wednesday at University Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Rice is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Rice is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • New Mexico is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • New Mexico is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Rice at South Alabama, Tuesday, December 22nd
New Mexico at Auburn, Tuesday, December 22nd