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Rider favored by -5 against Rice on Friday

Rider BroncsRice Owls
1-3November 29, 2013, 09:00 | Leavey Center2-3

The Rice Owls host Rider on Friday, looking to build on their 2-3 mark against the 1-3 Broncs in college hoops action at Leavey Center.

The Owls currently sports a 2-3 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-1 ATS. The Broncs are 1-3 and 1-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Owls produce a 0-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Broncs have gone 1-0 against the number.

View Rider Broncs vs Rice Owls Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Owls installed as 5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 114-rated Rider taking on the No. 311-rated Owls in this contest.

In their last action, Rider was a 70-59 loser at home against Albany. The Broncs endured a 70-59 loss at the hands of the Great Danes on Tuesday, despite a 17-point effort from Jimmie Taylor at Alumni Gymnasium.

Last time out for Rice, they were a 70-56 loser as they battled Princeton at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 6-point underdog. Rice got 9 points from Austin Ramljak but lost anyway, 70-56, to Princeton on Saturday at Autry Court.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Rice's No. 242-ranked scoring average of 63 PPG, against a Broncs defense rated No. 232 and allowing 79 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 41.6% to date this season, less than the Broncs shooters have managed so far (44.09% per game).

Next up:
Rider at Monmouth, Thursday, December 5th
Rice at Houston Baptist, Wednesday, December 4th