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Rice Owls visit Southern Miss Golden Eagles in college basketball clash

Rice OwlsSouthern Miss Golden Eagles
5-10January 16, 2014, 08:00 | Reed Green Coliseum14-3

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will try to cover the spread at Reed Green Coliseum on Thursday when they get a visit from the Rice Owls in NCAA basketball action.

Southern Miss battles the Owls, currently sitting with a 5-10 mark (5-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 6-7 for the Golden Eagles and 3-7 for the Owls.

View Rice Owls vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Southern Miss in this one found them as -18.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 50-rated Golden Eagles and the No. 276-ranked Owls, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Rice was a 73-68 loser in their most recent outing at home against Florida Atlantic. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. Sean Obi scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Owls to a win (they lost 73-68 to Florida Atlantic at Autry Court on Saturday).

Southern Miss was a 75-71 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Tulsa. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Jerrold Brooks scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Eagles to a win (they lost 75-71 to Tulsa at Reynolds Center on Sunday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Miss's No. 131 nationally ranked offense (73.06 points per game) against a Owls defense that sits as the No. 129 at 69.33 PPG. The Golden Eagles have been averaging 46.76% from the field, more than the Owls have managed so far this season (41.03% on average).

Next up:
Rice at Tulane, Saturday, January 18th
Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech, Sunday, January 19th