The No. 11 seed UTSA Roadrunners (10-21, 4-16 C-USA) square off in C-USA Tournament against the No. 6 seed Rice Owls (17-14, 8-12 C-USA) on Wednesday at Ford Center at The Star, beginning at 9:30 PM.
The Owls are currently strong 6.5-point favorites over the Roadrunners. The over/under is 154 points for the game.
Rice vs. UTSA Odds
Point Spread for Rice vs. UTSA
The spread for this matchup is set at 6.5 points, with bookmakers listing Rice as the favorite.
Rice vs. UTSA Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Rice has -283 odds to pick up the win, while UTSA is listed at +228 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 154 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Game Time: 9:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Frisco, Texas
- Arena: Ford Center at The Star
Rice vs. UTSA Betting Trends
In Rice’s 28 games this season, it has 14 wins against the spread. The Owls have been victorious in nine, or 69.2%, of the 13 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Rice’s games this year have gone over the total in 20 out of 29 opportunities (69%).
Against the spread, UTSA is 13-16-0 this season. The Roadrunners have won 20.8% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (5-19). UTSA’s games this year have hit the over on 19 of 29 set point totals (65.5%).
Rice vs. UTSA Key Players to Watch
Quincy Olivari leads his team in points per game (19.3), and also posts 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Defensively, he delivers 1.1 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Max Fiedler paces his team in both rebounds (7.7) and assists (5.1) per contest, and also puts up 10.6 points. At the other end, he averages 0.7 steals and 1.1 blocked shots. Travis Evee averages 15.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest, shooting 41.1% from the floor and 35.6% from downtown with 2.3 made 3-pointers per game. Cameron Sheffield is posting 7.7 points, 1.3 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Jacob Germany is posting a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game. And he is contributing 12.4 points and 0.9 assists, making 46.2% of his shots from the field. DJ Richards gets the Roadrunners 10.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest. He also averages 0.4 steals and 0 blocked shots. John Buggs III gives the Roadrunners 11 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He also delivers 0.4 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.
What you need to know about the Rice Owls
Rice’s C-USA games have hit the over 14 out of 20 times this season. So far this season, the Owls are posting 77.4 points per game (52nd-ranked in college basketball) and ceding 76.2 points per contest (332nd-ranked). Rice is 118th in the country with 32.7 rebounds per game so far this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 193rd with 31.2 rebounds allowed per contest.
Rice is 30th in college basketball with 9.1 threes per game so far this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 87th with a 35.9% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Owls rank 286th in the country with 8.1 threes allowed per game this year. Meanwhile, they rank 294th with a 35.7% shooting percentage allowed from beyond the arc.
The Owls have a 3-7 record against the spread while finishing 2-8 overall in their last 10 games. Rice has hit the over in eight of its past 10 contests. Rice has seen a decrease in scoring lately, racking up 73.2 points per game in its last 10 outings, 4.2 points fewer than the 77.4 it has scored this season. Rice’s defense has been more porous lately, as the team has allowed 83.1 points per game over its past 10 compared to the 76.2 points per game its opponents average on the season.
What you need to know about the UTSA Roadrunners
UTSA and its opponents have combined to hit the over 14 out of 20 times this year in C-USA play. Offensively the Roadrunners are the 243rd-ranked team in college basketball (69.2 points per game). Defensively they are 21st-worst (76.7 points allowed per game). At 31.6 rebounds per game and 34 rebounds allowed, UTSA is 185th and 332nd in college basketball, respectively.
In 2022-23, UTSA is 182nd in the country in 3-point makes (7.4 per game) and 222nd in 3-point percentage (33.4%). The Roadrunners are 274th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (8 per game) and 266th in 3-point percentage defensively (35.1%).
The Roadrunners have a 6-4 record against the spread while finishing 3-7 overall in their last 10 contests. Eight of UTSA’s last 10 games have hit the over. In its past 10 games, UTSA is averaging 71.5 points per game, 2.3 more than its season average (69.2). The Roadrunners have played worse defensively over their previous 10 games, surrendering 80.3 points per contest, 3.6 more points their than season average of 76.7.
Rice vs. UTSA Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this game is Rice, and we predict that UTSA will cover the spread (Rice -6.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 154 points.
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