Lamar Cardinals vs. Rice Owls Betting Prediction

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The Rice Owls (3-5) will be at home in Tudor Fieldhouse when they take on the Lamar Cardinals (3-4). The game starts at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 1, 2018, and will air on ESPN 3.

Lamar Cardinals vs. Rice Owls Betting Odds

Both teams lost in their last outing. The Owls fell to the Texas State Bobcats, 74-60, while the Cardinals were defeated by the SMU Mustangs, 79-65.

Lamar did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (17-20; 85.0 percent) while Rice did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (15-21; 71.4 percent). Rice’s Quentin Millora-Brown had a good outing, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds. Lamar, meanwhile, was lifted by T.J. Atwood, who had 14 points and nine rebounds.

The ineffective offense of Rice will square off against the stingy defense of Lamar. Since last season, the Owls rank 321st in offensive efficiency, while the Cardinals are 30th in defensive efficiency. The Cardinals figure to have the edge on that end of the court.

Lamar vs. Rice Free Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Rice, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Lamar ranks 42nd in three pointers allowed per game (19.6) while Rice ranks 294th (25.2).
  • The Owls rank 25th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Cardinals rank 223rd (3.9).
  • Lamar averages 13.8 assists per game, which ranks 142nd in the nation. Rice ranks 313th in assists allowed per game (16.6).
  • The Cardinals average 8.6 steals per game, which ranks fifth in the country. The Owls rank 234th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
  • Lamar ranks 44th in rebounds per game (38.4) while Rice ranks 264th in rebounds allowed per game (37.2).