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Rice Owls Visit Pittsburgh Panthers in NCAA Basketball Betting Battle

The Pittsburgh Panthers will try to cover the point spread at Petersen Events Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Rice Owls in NCAA basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Pittsburgh Panthers to cover the point spread in this one found them as -8-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Rice Owls vs Pittsburgh Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Panthers sport a record of 8-2 and 3-6-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Rice Owls have 8-2 and 3-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 5-5 for the Pittsburgh Panthers and 3-1 for the Rice Owls.

The Pittsburgh Panthers sit at No. 145 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rice Owls sit at No. 135 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the nation's No. 84-rated offensive output, at 78.1 PPG. The visiting Rice Owls defense ranks No. 183 allowing on average 73.2 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 45.67% so far, less than the Pittsburgh Owls marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.19% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Owls got 21 points from Egor Koulechov as Rice ran past Stephen F. Austin 70-63 on Saturday at Autry Court.

Michael Young scored 29 points leading the Panthers to a 81-73 victory over Penn State at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Betting Trends
  • Rice is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Rice is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 3-11-1 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-6-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Rice home to Northwestern State, Monday, December 19th
Pittsburgh at Nebraska-Omaha, Wednesday, December 21st