Louisiana Tech at Rice: 2/24/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Louisiana Tech at Rice: 2/24/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Rice Owls (14-12) vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (19-7)

Game Info: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Rice Owls +4.5 -- Over/Under: 154 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Rice Owls face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at Tudor Fieldhouse. When these two teams faced off on January 27th it was Louisiana Tech that won 80-63. 

Kenneth Lofton Jr was the top player for Louisiana Tech scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Quincy Olivari was the top player for Rice putting up 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. 

Louisiana Tech comes into this game with a 19-7 record overall and they have gone 13-9-1 against the spread. In the last game against UTSA, Louisiana Tech scored 95 points and that led to the blowout victory. Louisiana Tech is averaging 78.2 points while their defense is giving up 69 points per game. Kenneth Lofton Jr. has been the top player for Louisiana Tech averaging 16.8 points while shooting 54.7 percent from the field. There are four different players that are averaging at least 11.1 points per game. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Rice Owls who sit with a 14-12 record and they have gone 10-13-1 against the spread. Rice has taken a step back the last few weeks losing three games in a row. In the last game against FIU, Rice scored 78 points, but the defense gave up 80 points, and that led to the two point defeat. Rice is averaging 75.6 points while their defense is giving up 73.8 points per game. Guard Carl Pierre has been the top player for Rice averaging 14.6 points while shooting 47 percent from the field. 

Rice is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games. The over is 5-1 in Louisiana Tech’s last six games overall. The under is 5-1 in Rice’s last six games against a team with a winning straight up record. 

Rice is struggling coming into this game having failed to cover each of the last four games, and they are going to have issues keeping this game close. Look for Louisiana Tech to run up the score and Rice isn’t going to keep this game close. Back Louisiana Tech against the spread.

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Shane’s Pick LA Tech -4.5

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