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Tulane Green Wave vs Rice Owls Preview

Rice OwlsTulane Green Wave
5-11January 18, 2014, 08:00 | Devlin Fieldhouse9-9

The Tulane Green Wave will try to cover the spread at Devlin Fieldhouse on Saturday when they get a visit from the Rice Owls in NCAA basketball action.

Tulane battles the Owls, currently sitting with a 5-11 mark (5-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-9 for the Green Wave and 4-7 for the Owls.

View Rice Owls vs Tulane Green Wave Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Tulane sat as -1.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game puts the Green Wave, most recently No. 338 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Owls, who rate No. 276 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Rice, they were an 84-62 loser as they battled Southern Miss on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 18-point underdog. Rice was run off the court by the Golden Eagles on Thursday as Southern Miss routed them 84-62 at Reed Green Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tulane's No. 220-ranked scoring average of 67.33 PPG, against a Owls defense rated No. 145 and allowing 70.25 PPG. The Green Wave FG% has averaged 41.61% to date this season, more than the Owls shooters have managed so far (41.2% per game).

A few Owls at Green Wave trends to consider:
Rice is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rice's last 6 games
Rice is 2-20 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Tulane is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Tulane is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Tulane is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Rice
Tulane is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Rice

Next up:
Rice home to Marshall, Thursday, January 23rd
Tulane at East Carolina, Thursday, January 23rd