Omaha Mavericks at Rice Owls Free Prediction 12/21/18

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The Omaha Mavericks (5-7) will travel to Tudor Fieldhouse to go head-to-head against the Rice Owls (5-7). The game begins at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, December 21, 2018.

Omaha Mavericks vs. Rice Owls Betting Odds

In their last outing, the Owls beat the St. Leo Lions, 80-64, while the Mavericks got blown out by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 104-76.

Rice played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.379 and a turnover percentage of 14.4. For those same stats, St. Leo was 0.196 and 25.9, respectively. Omaha, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (15.6 vs. 20.0). Rice’s Jack Williams led the way, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Jackson was a key piece for Omaha with 21 points and five steals.

The Mavericks’ Jackson has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 0 points per game. Meanwhile, Williams has averaged 0 points during that same time frame for the Owls.

Omaha should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Omaha ranks 28th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.2 percent), while Rice forces the 39th-fewest turnovers (16.7 percent).

Omaha at Rice Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Rice, ATS Winner – Omaha, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Rice ranks 64th in three pointers attempted per game (25.3) while Omaha ranks 195th in three pointers allowed per game (24.4).
  • The Owls rank 37th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Mavericks rank 90th (3.4).
  • The Owls rank 126th in rebounds per game (36.3) while the Mavericks rank 238th (28.7).
  • Rice ranks 123rd in assists per game (13.7) while Omaha ranks 183rd in assists allowed per game (15.1).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Owls have scored an average of 79.8 points per game (4.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.6 points per game (5.7 below their season average).
  • The Mavericks have outscored opponents by an average of 2.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Omaha has been defeated by an average of 2.4 points.