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Rice Owls vs UAB Blazers Preview

UAB BlazersRice Owls
17-10February 27, 2014, 08:00 | Autry Court7-19

The Rice Owls host UAB on Thursday, looking to build on their 7-19 mark against the 17-10 Blazers in college hoops action at Autry Court.

The Owls are 7-19 so far on the season, and 9-12 ATS vs. the number. The Blazers, meanwhile, are 17-10 and 11-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Rice go 6-15 and the Blazers go 10-13 on the totals.

View UAB Blazers vs Rice Owls Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as -5.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

This game puts the Owls, most recently No. 334 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Blazers, who rate No. 96 in the latest survey.

UAB won its last outing, a 64-62 result against Charlotte on February 22. They covered in that game as a 1-point underdog. UAB earned a 64-62 victory over Charlotte on Saturday, getting 16 points from Chad Frazier at Dale F. Halton Arena.

Rice was a 67-55 loser in their most recent outing on the road against East Carolina. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Rice got 14 points from Sean Obi but lost anyway, 67-55, to East Carolina on Saturday at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Blazers is ranked No. 2 in NCAA hoops at 45.37 per game. Contrast that with Rice’s No. 219 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Rice is the No. 18-ranked team in the country at 8.19 per game, while UAB rates No. 193 at 5.3 per game.

A few Blazers at Owls trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UAB's last 6 games
UAB is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UAB's last 6 games on the road
UAB is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Rice
Rice is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
Rice is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Rice's last 6 games
Rice is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
UAB home to Louisiana Tech, Sunday, March 2nd
Rice at Middle Tennessee, Saturday, March 1st