Arkansas vs. Rice - 11/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Rice Owls (0-0) at Arkansas Razorbacks (0-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm (Bud Walton Arena)
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -18 -- Over/Under: 154.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Rice Owls and the Arkansas Razorbacks will meet on the college basketball court Tuesday.
Rice had a disappointing campaign in 2018-19. The Owls managed to go just 13-19 overall, and finished 8-10 in Conference USA play. That left Rice in 11th place (with just two teams below them record-wise in the conference standings).
In the C-USA Tournament, Rice matched up against Marshall in the first round. The Owls experienced an early exit there, falling 82-65 to end their season.
Over on the Arkansas side, they managed a winning season in 2018-19, going 18-16 overall. The Razorbacks didn’t fare as well in the SEC however, posting an 8-10 conference record for a 10th-place finish.
Arkansas lost in the first round of the SEC Tournament to Florida, but received a bid to the NIT. In that tourney, the Razorbacks took out Providence in the first round before falling to Indiana 63-60 in the second.
Rice is 5-0 ATS in the last five versus the SEC and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 Tuesday games. The Owls are 1-6 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and the under is 12-1 in their last 13 Tuesday games.
Meanwhile, the Razorbacks are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 2-5 ATS in their last seven versus Conference USA. Arkansas is 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and the under is 16-5 in their last 21 home games.
With a new head coach (Eric Musselman) at the helm and a tough conference to contend with this season, it’s tough to get super excited about Arkansas’ prospects in 2019-20. That said, some early victories will go a long way toward adding to the Razorbacks’ confidence level, and this is the perfect way to start things out.
Rice is probably bound for another down season, so if Arkansas can jump out early here I don’t see them looking back. I’m going Razorbacks.