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Rice Owls Favored by -2 Point Spread Against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Saturday

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will try to cover the point spread at E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday 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 -2-point favorites over at Bovada earlier.

Rice Owls vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This college basketball season, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 14-16 overall and 10-17-1 ATS, while the Rice Owls are 21-9 and 12-10 ATS. As for the betting totals, Western Kentucky boasts a 10-16-2 on the OU, and Rice is 13-9.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers sit at No. 156 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rice Owls sit at No. 53 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rebounding is always a key handicapping betting consideration and Rice is ranked No. 41 in NCAA basketball at 38.4 per game. Contrast that with Western Kentucky's No. 184 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Kentucky is the No. 175-ranked team in the country at 6.9 per game, while Rice rates No. 27 at 9.23 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Rice got 22 points and 22 rebounds from Egor Koulechov en route to a 89-88 victory over Marshall on Thursday at Cam Henderson Center.

The Hilltoppers got 23 points from Cleveland Thomas as Western Kentucky ran past North Texas 74-63 on Thursday at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Rice is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Rice is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Rice's last 8 games
  • Rice is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Western Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Western Kentucky is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Western Kentucky's last 7 games
  • Western Kentucky is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home