The Rice Owls (3-13, 0-3 CUSA), who are currently on a six-game losing streak, will try to get back in the win column when they welcome the Charlotte 49ers (5-8, 1-1 CUSA) to Tudor Fieldhouse. Action begins at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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In the 49ers last contest, they barely escaped the North Texas Mean Green, 70-68. Andrien White was the games leading scorer with 23 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Charlotte dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.266 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 11.8 (better than their season average of 18.5). North Texas was 0.169 and 18.4, respectively, for those same stats.
The Owls are hoping for a better outcome after their 82-75 loss to the Old Dominion Monarchs in their last outing. With 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds, Connor Cashaw had a solid performance for Rice. Old Dominion held the Owls to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.4 (below their season average of 28.7). Rice, on the other hand, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (11-15; 73.3 percent).
The aggressive Rice offense might be living from the charity stripe in this matchup. The Owls rank 40th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.290, while Charlotte ranks 160th in FTA rate allowed (0.224).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Owls won both contests last season. In the last game, Rice won 84-67. The Owls played a nearly flawless game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.250 and a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.625. For those same stats, the 49ers recorded marks of 0.145 and 0.413, respectively.
Charlotte 49ers vs. Rice Owls Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Rice, ATS Winner – Rice, O/U – Over
The Owls rank 20th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while the 49ers rank 90th (3.5).
Charlotte averages 6.2 steals per game, which ranks 124th in the nation. Rice ranks 185th in steals allowed per game (8.4).
Rice ranks 47th in three pointers attempted per game (25.9) while Charlotte ranks 236th (18.4).
The 49ers rank 137th in assists allowed per game (13.6) while the Owls rank 234th (17.1).
Rice averages 37.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 88th in the nation. Charlotte ranks 176th in rebounds allowed per game (36.5).
The Owls average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 11.0, up from 9.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the 49ers have scored an average of 64.6 points per game (7.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.8 points per game (5.7 below their season average).