Rice Owls VS Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles

College Basketball 03:00 PM ET

Saturday

02/05/2021

ESPN+

Spread: Rice Owls -3.5

Over/Under: 137.5

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The Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles will execute a man-to-man defense against the Rice Owls at the Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston on Friday, February 05, 2021, at 3:00 PM ET. Southern Mississippi at 3-7 dropped to 7th place of the Conference USA West Division with a .300 team-percentage and an overall standing of 7-10. The Golden Eagles failed to come back from a 3-point deficit and lost the game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs last Saturday to a tight score of 62-65. Southern Miss was led by three players on double-digit score, Guard Tyler Stevenson took the lead with 20 points while Justin Johnson pitched in 14 and Tae Hardy added 10 in the loss. 

Southern Mississippi lost the scoring battle versus Louisiana Tech with a 41.4% (24/58) shooting rate from the field, struggled in their scoring from beyond the arc with only 23.5% (4/17) efficiency, and made 10 of 15 (66.75%) attempts from the foul line. The Golden Eagles hauled down a game-high 40 total rebounds with 7 coming from the offensive side of the court and even the record in distributing the ball with 12 assists. Southern Miss rejected 4 attempted shots with 5 steals and lost the turnover battle, 14 to 13. 

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Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs Rice Owls Predictions 2/5/2021

The Rice Owls bowed down to the North Texas Mean Green during their recent match last Sunday to a horrible score of 53-79. Rice at 4-6 took 4th place in the Conference USA West Division with a team-percentage of .400 and an overall standing of 10-8. The Owls were led by a lone double-figure scorer in Forward Max Fiedler who scored 18 points and added a team-high 8 rebounds in the loss. 

The Rice Owls struggled in their scoring against the North Texas Mean Green with only 37.0% (20/54) shooting rate from the field, had difficulty in their scoring from the three-point range with just 17.6% (3/17) shooting rate, and connected 10 of 15 (66.7%) tries from the charity stripe. The Owls grabbed 16 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards while distributing a total of 8 assists. The Rice Owls posted one block while stealing the ball 7 times but lost the battle in turnover with 12 to 11. 

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles vs. Rice Owls. The NCAAB Pick for this match is Rice -3.5. The Golden Eagles are 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games and 0-5 SU in its last 5 contests on the road. The Owls are 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 outings on the road and the totals went over in 5 of Rice’s last 7 matches played in February. Both teams struggled in their conference standings this season, but the Owls have the advantage to get up their best players at home. Rice will have the chance to improve their scoring as the team has 4 players averaging over 11 PPG while Southern Miss struggled much with an average of just 65.1 PPG. Final score prediction, Rice Owls will win and cover ATS at 71-66.

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NCAAB Starting Time: 3:00 PM ET

Location: Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, TX

Date: Friday, February 05, 2021

TV: ESPN+

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Rice Owls -3.5   

NCAAB Totals: 137.5

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