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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Rice Owls Betting Line and Trends Report

The Rice Owls will try to pay off for their supporters and betting fans on Thursday when they play host to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Autry Court in NCAA basketball odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Rice Owls were listed as 3-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the over/under betting odds total was expected shortly.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Rice Owls Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Rice Owls sport a record of 5-11 and 4-7 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers have 9-7 and 5-7 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-3 for the Rice Owls and 7-5 for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 227-rated Western Kentucky Hilltoppers taking on the No. 282-rated Rice Owls in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Western Kentucky Hilltoppers rank No. 74 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 38.81 per game. That compares with Rice’s No. 225 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Rice is college basketball's No. 134-ranked team at 7 per game, while the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers rate No. 109 with 7.38 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Hilltoppers grabbed a 86-82 win over the Owls on Saturday, behind a 18-point effort from Justin Johnson at EA Diddle Arena.

Rice got 28 points from Marcus Evans on the way to a 85-74 loss against North Texas on Saturday at The Super Pit.

Betting Trends
  • Western Kentucky is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Kentucky's last 6 games on the road
  • Rice is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • Rice is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Western Kentucky at North Texas, Saturday, January 16th
Rice at Marshall, Saturday, January 16th