Rice at UTEP: 3/3/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Rice at UTEP: 3/3/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

UTEP Miners (16-12) vs Rice Owls (15-13)

Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Don Haskins Center)

Betting Odds: UTEP Miners +5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls and UTEP Miners face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at the Don Haskins Center. When these two teams faced off on February 5th it was UTEP that came away with the 72-70 victory. 

Jamal Bieniemy was the top player for UTEP scoring 36 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Carl Pierre was the top player for Rice scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds. 

Rice comes into this game with a 15-13 record overall and they have gone 11-14-1 against the spread. In the last game against Southern Miss, it took overtime to get the job done, but they were able to win 77-72. Rice is averaging 75.8 points while their defense is giving up 74.1 points per game. Carl Pierre has been the top player for RIce this season averaging 14.9 points while shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the UTEP Miners who sit with a 16-12 record and they have gone 13-13 against the spread. UTEP has lost two games in a row and in the last game against UAB they lost 69-66. UTEP is averaging 68.9 points while their defense is giving up 66.6 points per game. Souley Boum has been the top player for UTEP averaging 20.1 points while shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from behind the three point line. 

Rice is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games. The over is 4-0 in Rice’s last four games. The over is 5-1 in UTEP’s last six home games against a team with a road winning percentage less than .400. The over is 4-1 in Rice’s last five games played on Thursday. 

Rice’s defense is an issue, and they are going to struggle to defend again in this game against UTEP. Look for the Miners to score at least 75 points, and Rice isn’t going to have the offense to keep up. Back UTEP against the spread.

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