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Texas Longhorns vs Rice Owls Betting Preview

Rice OwlsTexas Longhorns
Dec 31, 2:00 PM | Frank Erwin Center

Rice Owls vs Texas Longhorns Odds

9-4TEAM RECORD9-3

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Texas and Rice on Saturday, with the host Longhorns trying to win and cover the NCAAB point spread.

The Longhorns sit at 9-3 (2-5 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Owls are currently 9-4 (1-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Texas is 3-4 OU, and Rice is 2-1-1 OU.

View Rice vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Texas sat as 14-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Longhorns, most recently No. 28 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Owls, who rate No. 42 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 86-83 victory for the Longhorns.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Owls rank No. 8 in NCAA Division 1 with 41.6 per game. That compares with Texas’s No. 38 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Texas is college basketball's No. 120-ranked team at 6.8 per game, while the Owls rate No. 266 with 5 per game.

Defensively, Rice features the nation's No. 45-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.7 points per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 62 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Rice was a 78-66 winner at home against Texas A&M C.C.. Rice got 13 points from Arsalan Kazemi en route to a 78-66 victory over Texas A&M C.C. on Wednesday at Autry Court.

In their last action, Texas was an 82-63 loser on the road against North Carolina. They failed to cover the 10–point spread as underdogs. Texas suffered an 82-63 loss against North Carolina on Wednesday, getting 16 points from Jonathan Holmes in a losing effort at Dean Smith Center.

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-5
Before playing TCU are 3-7
After a win are 7-3

Texas Longhorns Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Iowa State are 5-5
After playing North Carolina are 2-2
After a loss are 7-3

A few Owls at Longhorns trends to consider:
Rice is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Rice is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Rice
Texas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Rice at TCU, Wednesday, January 4
Texas at Iowa State, Wednesday, January 4

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