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Rice Owls Open as College Basketball Underdog vs New Mexico Lobos

The Rice Owls will look to pick up a win while covering the point spread when they take on the Lobos in New Mexico at The Pit on Tuesday in college basketball betting odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The New Mexico Lobos were listed as -11-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

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 Tuesday; they are 3-3 ATS against the betting line this season, while the New Mexico Lobos are 3-7 ATS. Rice Owls are 1-5 on betting the total; New Mexico Lobos are 4-6.

This game puts the New Mexico Lobos, most recently No. 158 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. 74-ranked scoring average of 80 PPG, against a Rice Owls defense rated No. 194 and allowing 74.91 PPG. The New Mexico Lobos FG% has averaged 41.56% to date this season, more than the Rice Owls shooters have managed so far (38.47% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Rice was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Texas Tech and falling by a 73-53 score at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

The Lobos got 24 points from Dane Kuiper, but it was Arizona that prevailed in a 89-73 final on Saturday at The Pit.

Betting Trends
  • Rice is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Rice is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • New Mexico is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • New Mexico is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
  • New Mexico is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Rice home to Texas State, Friday, December 22nd
New Mexico at Prairie View A&M, Friday, December 22nd