Southern Mississippi vs. Rice - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Mississippi vs. Rice - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Rice Owls (9-9) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (4-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles -1 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles meet in college basketball action from Reed Green Coliseum on Saturday. 

Rice enters this one at 9-9 this year. The Owls are 1-5 in their last six games, beating FIU while otherwise dropping to Sam Houston, Marshall, Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky and LA Tech. 

In the loss to the Bulldogs, Rice’s Trey Murphy posted 20 points with two rebounds and one assist. The only other Owls player in double-digits there was Chris Mullins with 10 points and two rebounds. 

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Over on the Southern Miss side, they’re 4-14 so far. The Eagles are on a five-game losing streak right now, falling to LA Tech twice, UTEP, UTSA and North Texas in that span. 

In the loss to the Green, Southern Miss’ lead scorer was Boban Jacdonmi with 13 points. Gabe Watson added 10 points there, and Tyler Stevenson doubled up on 10 points with 10 rebounds and one assist. 

The Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last four after an ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games. Southern Miss is 0-5 ATS in their last five overall and the under is 5-1 in their last six home games. 

Meanwhile, the Owls are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven after an ATS loss. Rice is 6-2 ATS in their last eight after a straight-up loss and the under is 8-3 in their last 11 overall.
Rice didn’t really have a chance against the Bulldogs; they were down 42-26 at halftime and LA Tech just cruised the rest of the way. It was a step back after the Owls posted 92 points in a big win over FIU last weekend. 

That said, the Eagles have their own set of offensive issues, as they’ve hit 64 or below in four of their last five. There’s not a ton of intrigue in this game, but I’m going to go with the Owls on the cover. 

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