FAU at Rice Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/2/23
Rice Owls (16-12) vs Florida Atlantic Owls (26-3)
Game Info: Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Tudor Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: Rice Owls +8.5 -- Over/Under: 154.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The FAU Owls will play the Rice Owls in a C-USA game on Thursday night at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, Texas.
The FAU Owls are 26-3 (16-2) this season after they defeated UTEP by a score of 75-49 in their last game. FAU shot 49.1% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the win. The FAU Owls are averaging 78.6 points per game, 65.2 points against per game, 38.6 rebounds per game, and 14.9 assists per game. Alijah Martin has led the Owls this season with 13.1 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, and 1.4 assists per game. FAU is shooting 46.9% from the field, 70.9% on free throws, and 37.4% on three pointers this year.
The Rice Owls are 17-12 (8-10) this season after they lost to Charlotte by a score of 70-54 in their last game. Rice shot 37% from the field and was -11 in rebounding margin in the loss. The Rice Owls are averaging 77.3 points per game, 74.8 points against per game, 35.6 rebounds per game, and 15.4 assists per game. Quincy Olivari has led the Owls this season with 19.3 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, and 2.2 assists per game. Rice is shooting 46.6% from the field, 73.1% on free throws, and 35.5% on three pointers this year.
FAU is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games. The over is 3-1-1 in FAU’s last 5 games. Rice is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS loss. The over is 15-5 in Rice’s last 20 games. The road team is 7-1-1 ATS in these two teams last 9 head to head meetings.
FAU has been the best team in C-USA this season and has won five of their last six games, while Rice has lost three of their last four games. FAU has a big advantage on the defensive end of the floor, where they are holding opponents to 65.2 points against per game. FAU and Rice are very similar with points per game and shooting percentage, but that FAU defense will be the difference maker. I like FAU to get the easy road win here.