The No. 24 Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-1) can extend a six-game home winning streak when they clash with the Rice Owls (3-7) at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 144.5 points with Texas Tech set as a 28-point favorite. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
Rice Owls at Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Preview
In the Owls last matchup, they defeated the St. Edwards Hilltoppers, 91-86. Connor Cashaw was the top scorer from either team with 27 points on 12-for-20 shooting. Rice played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.387 (above their season average of 0.345) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 (above their season average of 29.3). For those same stats, St. Edwards was 0.108 and 27.3, respectively. The Red Raiders come in on a high note after thoroughly outplaying the Kennesaw State Owls in their last contest, 82-53. Texas Tech received a boost from Keenan Evans, who was the teams leading scorer with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Texas Tech dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 53.1 (above their season average of 32.4) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.574 (above their season average of 0.546). Kennesaw State had marks of 18.8 and 0.384, respectively, for those same stats.
Texas Tech should have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Red Raiders rank 43rd in offensive efficiency, while the Owls rank 163rd in defensive efficiency dating back to the 2016-17 season. Ball protection could be troublesome for the Owls. They rank 284th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 21.0 percent), while the Red Raiders have forced the eighth-most turnovers in the nation (opponents turnover percentage of 21.6 percent).
Both of these teams have a tendency to finish under the projected point total. Games featuring Rice have finished under 80.0 percent of the time, while Texas Tech games have gone under 66.7 percent of the time. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Red Raiders have a substantial advantage. They are 8-1 SU and 4-2 ATS, while the Owls are 3-7 SU and 2-3 ATS.
The Red Raiders won the only game against the Owls last season, 85-84. The Red Raiders played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.377 and a turnover percentage of 13.7. For those same stats, the Owls had marks of 0.259 and 16.4, respectively.
Rice Owls at Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Texas Tech, ATS Winner – Rice, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Red Raiders rank 24th in rebounds allowed per game (30.1) while the Owls rank 146th (35.3).
- Texas Tech is 18th in the nation with 2.5 blocks allowed per game while Rice is 31st with 2.6 blocks allowed per game.
- Texas Tech averages 6.2 steals per game, which ranks 10th in the NCAA. Rice ranks 181st in steals allowed per game (7.5).
- The Red Raiders rank fifth in assists allowed per game (11.1) while the Owls rank 153rd (13.9).
- Rice averages 24.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 69th in the NCAA. Texas Tech ranks 193rd in three pointers allowed per game (22.6).