Marshall at Rice: 2/19/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Marshall at Rice: 2/19/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Rice Owls (12-10) vs Marshall Thundering Herd (12-5)

Game Info: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Rice Owls +7 -- Over/Under: 159 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Marshall Thundering Herd and Rice Owls face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown at Tudor Fieldhouse. 

The Marshall Thundering Herd come into this game with a 12-5 record overall and they have won three games in a row. In the last game against Middle Tennessee, the offense was elite scoring 95 points and that led to a victory. Marshall is a strong offensive team and they are averaging 82.5 points per game while the defense is giving up 73.1 points per game. Marshall is shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from behind the three point line. Taevion Kinsey has been the best player for Marshall averaging 20.4 points while shooting 56.9 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Rice Owls who sit with a 12-10 record overall and they have lost two games in a row. In the last game against Western Kentucky the defense really struggled giving up 89 points and that led to the blowout loss. Rice on the season is averaging 74.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 73.7 points per game. Rice is shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 37 percent from behind the three point line. Quincy Olivari has been the best player for Rice averaging 15.9 points while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 44.2 percent from the field. In this game, Rice needs the defense to step up. 

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Marshall is 7-3 against the spread in their last ten road games. The over is 11-5 in Marshall’s last 16 games played on Friday.Rice is 7-0-1 against the spread in their last eight home games. Marshall is 6-2 against the spread in the last eight meetings played between the two teams. 

Marshall is the better team and even on the road they are going to have no issue getting the job done in this game. Look for Marshall to run up the score, Rice is going to have no chance to keep up, and Marshall will cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Marshall -7

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