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Rice Owls vs UAB Blazers College Basketball Betting Preview

The UAB Blazers will try to cover the point spread at Bartow Arena on Thursday when they get a visit from the Rice Owls in NCAA basketball betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the Rice Owls before tip-off in this one found them as 14.5-point underdogs over at Bovada earlier.

Rice Owls vs UAB Blazers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The UAB Blazers are 14-3 so far on the season, and 8-5 ATS vs the number. The Rice Owls, meanwhile, are 6-12 and 5-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen UAB go 7-6 and the Rice Owls go 10-3 on betting totals.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 82-rated UAB Blazers and the No. 229-ranked Rice Owls, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features UAB's No. 58-ranked scoring average of 78.89 PPG, against a Rice Owls defense rated No. 240 and allowing 79.94 PPG. The UAB Blazers FG% has averaged 48.79% to date this season, more than the Rice Owls shooters have managed so far (43.55% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Marcus Evans scored 29 points for Rice on Saturday, but the Thundering Herd managed a 94-90 victory over the Owls at Autry Court.

UAB got 18 points from Robert Brown en route to a 74-72 victory over Charlotte on Saturday at Dale F. Halton Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Rice is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games
  • Rice is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Rice is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing UAB
  • UAB is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of UAB's last 5 games
  • UAB is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • UAB is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Rice

Next Betting Matchups

Rice at Middle Tennessee, Saturday, January 23rd
UAB at North Texas, Saturday, January 23rd