Southern Mississippi at Rice: 3/9/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Rice Owls (13-12) vs Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (8-16)
Game Info: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Ford Center at The Star)
Betting Odds: Rice Owls -2.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Rice Owls face off on Tuesday in a college basketball showdown at the Ford Center at the Star.
These two teams faced off twice so far this year and it was Rice that was able to come away with a cover of the spread.
Southern Miss comes into this game with an 8-16 record overall and they have lost nine of their last ten games. Southern Miss is averaging 63.6 points while their defense is giving up 68.2 points per game. Southern Miss is shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from behind the three point line. In the two games against Rice so far this season, the defense really struggled and they need to be better going forward. Forward Tyler Stevenson has been the best player for Southern Miss averaging 14.2 points while shooting 51.8 percent from the field. Guard Tae Hardy has also been good averaging 11 points per game.
On the other side of this matchup is the Rice Owls who sit with a 13-12 record overall but they have lost four of their last five games. The one win during that stretch came in their last game against non division 1 competition. Rice on the season is averaging 72.6 points per game while their defense is giving up 75.2 points per game. Rice is shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from the field. Quincy Olivari has been the best player for Rice this season averaging 16.3 points while shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from behind the three point line.
Southern Miss is 2-8-1 against the spread in their last 11 games played on Tuesday. The under is 13-4 in Rice’s last 17 games played on Tuesday. Rice is 6-14 against the spread in their last 20 games played on Tuesday.
Rice has won each of the two games against Southern Miss this season and no reason to believe it’s going to be different in this game. Rice will run up the score, and Southern Miss will have no answer. Back Rice against the spread.