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Rice Owls vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Preview

Tulsa Golden HurricaneRice Owls
March 9, 8:00 PM | Autry Court

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Rice Owls Odds

15-14TEAM RECORD5-24

The visiting Tulsa Golden Hurricane hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Autry Court against the Rice Owls.

Supporters of the Golden Hurricane have watched them go 15-14 and 14-10-1 ATS on the year, while the Owls are at 5-24 and 10-12 ATS. In totals betting, the Owls are 14-6, while the Golden Hurricane have a 12-10 mark.

View Tulsa vs Rice Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Rice in this one found them as 5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 347 (Owls) and the No. 83 (Golden Hurricane) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 67-56 result in favor of the Golden Hurricane has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Rice's No. 324-ranked scoring average of 59.9 PPG, against a Golden Hurricane defense rated No. 193 and allowing 67.2 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 39.8% to date this season, less than the Golden Hurricane shooters have managed so far (43.1% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Tulsa owns the country's No. 229-rated mark, allowing 71.9 points per game on the highway. Rice, on the other hand, rates No. 323 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Tulsa was a 71-65 loser at home against Southern Methodist. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. James Woodard scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Hurricane to a win (they lost 71-65 to Southern Methodist at Reynolds Center on Wednesday).

In their last action, Rice was an 84-62 loser on the road against Houston. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. Rice was crushed on Wednesday, getting blown out by Houston and falling by an 84-62 score at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Southern Methodist are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-9
After playing Houston are 3-7
After a loss are 1-9

A few Golden Hurricane at Owls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tulsa's last 5 games on the road
Tulsa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Rice
Tulsa is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Rice's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games when playing Tulsa
Rice is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games