Southern Mississippi vs. Rice - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Mississippi vs. Rice - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Rice Owls (14-15) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (9-20)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 0 -- Over/Under: 144 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls (14-15, 6-10 CUSA) travel to Hattiesburg, MS to take on the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (9-20, 5-11 CUSA) in a Conference USA clash at Reed Green Coliseum. The last time these two teams met on January 18, Southern Miss beat Rice 81-68 as 1-point home favorites.

Rice is 5-5 both straight up and against the spread in their last 10 games. Rice is 2-6 straight up and 3-5 against the spread in conference road games. Rice averages 69.2 points per game and allows 76.4 points per game in road games this year, and the Owls shoot 41.3% from the field, 32.5% from 3 and 68.9% from the free-throw line in those games.

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Rice has won 5 of its last 7 games, and won its previous game against Middle Tennessee 77-66 as 6 ½-point home favorites. Rice is ranked 203rd by KenPom, with the 110th ranked offense and 298th ranked defense in the country. Rice has a balanced team with four players who average between 10.4 and 13.5 points per game. The leading scorer for Rice is Sophomore guard Trey Murphy III, who averages 13.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Drew Peterson leads Rice in rebounds and assists, with averages of 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Southern Miss is 4-6 straight up and 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games. Southern Miss is 4-4 both straight up and against the spread in conference home games this season. Southern Miss averages 69.6 points per game and surrenders 71.3 points per game in games played at home this year, and the Golden Eagles shoot 46.2% from the field, 32.5% from 3 and 70.2% from the free-throw line in those games.

Southern Miss has lost 4 of its last 6 games, and lost its previous game to UTEP 56-75 as 6 ½-point road underdogs. Southern Miss is ranked 261st by KenPom, with the 279th ranked offense and 230th ranked defense. Southern Miss is led by Sophomore forward Tyler Stevenson, who averages 13 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, and Sophomore guard Gabe Watson, who averages 12.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

Rice is 7-3 in their last 10 games against Southern Miss straight up but is a befuddling 1-9 against the spread in those games. The over/under has been split down the middle the last 10 times these programs faced off. In the last 10 games for Rice, the over is 6-4, and the under is 6-4 in the last 10 for Southern Miss.

I was a little shocked to see how RIce has done against the spread in their last 10 games against Southern Miss, especially considering they went 7-3 straight up in those games. I’ll stick with the trend and go with Southern Miss in their final home game of the season.

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