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Rice Owls visit Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in college basketball clash

Rice OwlsMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
7-20March 01, 2014, 06:30 | Murphy Center21-8

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will be trying to slam the Rice Owls on Saturday when the teams tip off at Murphy Center in college betting action.

The Blue Raiders are 21-8 so far on the season, and 12-13 ATS vs. the number. The Owls, meanwhile, are 7-20 and 10-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Middle Tennessee go 10-14 and the Owls go 6-16 on the totals.

View Rice Owls vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Rice before tip-off in this one found them as 16.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Blue Raiders at No. 18 and the Owls at No. 334 heading into this contest.

Rice was a 61-60 loser in their most recent outing at home against UAB. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Owls endured a 61-60 loss at the hands of the Blazers on Thursday, despite a 12-point effort from Sean Obi at Autry Court.

Middle Tennessee was a 55-39 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Louisiana Tech. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. Shawn Jones scored 8 points in a futile effort to lead the Blue Raiders to a win (they lost 55-39 to Louisiana Tech at Thomas Center on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Owls rank No. 218 in NCAA Division 1 with 32.52 per game. That compares with Middle Tennessee’s No. 69 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Middle Tennessee is college basketball's No. 189-ranked team at 5.34 per game, while the Owls rate No. 21 with 8.11 per game.

A few Owls at Blue Raiders trends to consider:
Rice is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rice's last 5 games
Rice is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Middle Tennessee's last 5 games
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Middle Tennessee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Rice home to Louisiana Tech, Thursday, March 6th
Middle Tennessee at UAB, Thursday, March 6th