Rice vs UAB Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/21/24

UAB (17-8) vs Rice (9-16)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Bartow Arena)

Betting Odds: UAB -11.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rice Owls will play the UAB Blazers in an AAC game on Wednesday night at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Rice has lost three games in a row, while UAB is on a three game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Rice vs UAB prediction.

Rice Preview

The Rice Owls are 9-16 (3-9) this season after they lost to Tulsa in overtime by a score of 93-82 in their last game. Rice was tied at half-time and tied at the end of regulation, but they only scored three points in overtime for the loss. The Owls shot 45.5% from the field and were +5 in rebounding margin in the game. Rice lost to South Florida by a score of 69-65 and SMU by a score of 95-69 in the two games prior to Tulsa. The Owls are scoring 73.2 points per game with 36.2 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game, while allowing 76.7 points against per game this year. Travis Evee is averaging 16 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. Rice is shooting 44% from the field, 69.1% on free throws, and 33.4% on three pointers this season.

UAB Preview

The UAB Blazers are 17-8 (9-3) this year after they defeated North Texas by a score of 71-62 in their last game. UAB led 34-24 at the half and they were able to get the win, but they did allow 38 second half points. The Blazers shot 42.9% from the field and were +6 in rebounding margin in the game. UAB defeated Tulsa by a score of 70-63 and FAU by a score of 76-73 in the two games prior to North Texas. The Blazers are scoring 76.8 points per game with 38.5 rebounds per game and 12.8 assists per game, while giving up 74.5 points against per game this season. Yaxel Lendeborg is averaging 13.1 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game, and 1.8 assists per game. UAB is shooting 44.3% from the field, 75.3% on free throws, and 30.8% on three pointers this year. UAB will take on Tulane, Wichita State, and Memphis after this one.

Rice vs UAB Betting Prediction

UAB comes into this matchup on a three game winning streak and they are right in the middle of the battle for first in the AAC. Rice has lost three games in a row and they have allowed 93+ points in two of those three games. Both teams have very poor defensive numbers this season, but UAB has only allowed 62 and 63 points in their last two games. I do think UAB will be able to do whatever they want on the offensive end of the floor and I could see this game getting ugly, similar to Rice’s game against SMU. Take UAB here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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