Friday, January 1, 2016
Don Haskins Center
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The Rice Owls travel to Don Haskins Center to play the UTEP Miners on Friday, January 1, 2016. The opening line for this game has UTEP as 7 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 143.
The Owls come into this game with an overall record of 5-8 and a road record of 1-4. They are 3-5 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-2. The Miners have an overall record of 8-5 and a home record of 6-3. They have an over/under record of 5-4 and they are 4-5 against the spread.
Marcus Evans comes into this contest averaging 19.8 points per game while playing 33.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Owls. He pulls down 4.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 74%. Egor Koulechov averages 19 points per game in 33.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 7.3 rebounds per game for Rice. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Omega Harris averages 16 points per game while playing 31.5 minutes per contest this year for the Miners. He grabs 2 rebounds per game and has 3.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage currently is at 71%. Lee Moore averages 13.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.7 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.2 rebounds per contest and 3.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 72%.
Rice averages 73.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 141st in the nation. Their average scoring margin is -9.4 and their shooting percentage is 42% as a team which has them ranked 221st. Behind the arc they shoot 31% which is good for 266th in the country. They average 32 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game which ranks them 315th and 205th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 149th with 12.7 per game. The Owls allow 83.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 332nd in the nation. They also allow a 50% shooting percentage and a 44% average from behind the arc ranking them 337th and 348th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 37.8 rebounds a game which ranks 230th and they give up 15.5 assists per contest which puts them in 286th place in the country. They force 14.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 84th in the Division 1.
UTEP averages 74.8 points per game this year which ranks them 121st in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 129th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 162nd in the nation. They average 36.4 rebounds per game and 16 assists per contest which ranks them 177th and 46th respectively. In the turnover department the Miners rank 116th with 12.4 per game. The Miners allow 71.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 172nd in the country. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 71st and 156th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 41 rebounds a game which ranks 316th and they give up 13.7 assists per contest which puts them in 202nd place in the nation. The Miners force 15.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 37th in college basketball.
Rice Owls Betting Trends
The Rice Owls are 3-5 against the spread
The Rice Owls are 6-2 against the over/under
UTEP Miners Betting Trends
The UTEP Miners are 4-5 against the spread
The UTEP Miners are 5-4 against the over/under
Rice Owls Injuries
11/16/15 G Chad Lott Knee out indefinitely
11/16/15 G Marcus Jackson Knee out indefinitely
UTEP Miners Injuries
12/13/15 C Matt Willms Foot out for season
12/04/15 G Josh McSwiggan Eligibility out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Rice
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