UTEP vs. Rice - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UTEP vs. Rice - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

UTEP Miners (16-14) at Rice Owls (15-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)

The Line: Rice Owls -3 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The UTEP Miners (16-14, 7-10 CONF) and the Rice Owls (15-15, 7-10 CONF) will meet on Saturday, March 7th for a Conference-USA matchup at the Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, TX. The game will be played at 2:00 PM eastern time. 

UTEP is coming off a 60-56 road win over MTSU in their last game. UTEP has now won three straight games, all of those games being conference victories. UTEP just defeated Rice at home, 68-62 on February 22nd. Rice is coming off a 72-57 road win over USM in their last game. Rice has now won back-to-back games, and three of their last four games. 

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UTEP scores 66.7 points per game on 42.5 percent field goal shooting this season. UTEP’s leading scorer and rebounder is Bryce Williams, who scores 17.9 points per game and earns 7.0 rebounders per game. UTEP allows 65.3 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +1.4 scoring differential so far this season. UTEP also earns 34.4 rebounds, 12.4 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 6.2 steals per game as a team. 

Rice scores 73.8 points per game on 43.4 percent field goal shooting this season. Rice’s leading scorer is G Trey Murphy III, who scores 13.5 points per game. The leading rebounder for Rice is G Drew Peterson, who earns 6.7 rebounds per game. Rice allows 73.8 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a 0.0 scoring differential so far this season. Rice also earns 35.6 rebounds, 14.2 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 6.0 steals per game as a team. 

UTEP is 12-13-2 against the spread this season and 3-5-2 against the spread in their last ten games. UTEP is also 4-5-2 against the spread on the road so far this season. Rice is 14-14 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. Rice is also 7-5 against the spread at home so far this season.

I will take UTEP in this spot because I am getting points with the better team, and the team that just beat Rice by six not too long ago. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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