Rice at Florida International - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Rice at Florida International - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Rice (15-16) at Florida International (18-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Ford Center at The Star)

The Line: Florida International -2 -- Over/Under: 152.5

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The Rice Owls (15-16, CONF 7-11) and FIU Panthers (18-13, CONF 9-9) face off in the Conference USA tournament at the Ford Center at the Star. The home team has won the last four games played between Rice and FIU. Earlier this season Rice beat FIU 92-78.

Rice currently sits one game under .500 but they have won two of the last three games. The one loss during that stretch was in their last game against UTEP, a game they were three point favorites in. 

Overall this season Rice is averaging 73.1 points per game while their defense is giving up 75.2 points and letting opponents shoot 46.2 percent from the field. Over the last five games Rice is giving up 76 points. 

Rice is led by Trey Murphy III who is averaging 13.6 points while letting opponents shoot 42.3 percent from the field. 

FIU has 18 wins on the season, but they have really struggled as of late losing five of the last six games. During that stretch, FIU has only covered two of the spreads. 

Over the last five games FIU is averaging 70.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 74.4 points. Opponents are shooting 49.6 points per game, and in this game, the defense is going ot need to step up. 

Florida International is led by Devon Andrews who is averaging 15.4 points while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. Each of the last four games, Andrews has scored 12 points or less and FIU needs him to be better in this game. 

The under is 7-1 in FIU’s last eight games played on Wednesday. The under is 6-2 in FIU’s last eight games overall. FIU is coming into this game really struggling, and the defense is going to let them down in this game. Look for Rice to run up the score and that is going to lead to an easy win and cover of the spread.

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