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College Basketball Picks: Bet Houston Over Rice

The No. 3 Houston Cougars are 28-point home favorites against the Rice Owls. The over-under is set at 140 points in this battle for Houston. Let’s take a look at the best college basketball bets for Rice-Houston.

The Cougars enter this matchup undefeated and coming off a 66-60 win over Xavier. Houston guard LJ Cryer led all scorers with 23 points and 4 rebounds.

College Basketball Picks: Bet Houston Over Rice
College Basketball Picks: Bet Houston Over Rice

Being a perfect 8-0 is impressive, but it is important to note Houston’s schedule has been on the lighter side. Things will ramp up for the Cougars as the team enters Big 12 play in the coming weeks.

Houston also faces No. 21 Texas A&M on Saturday, Dec. 16. For now, Houston’s best wins have come against Xavier, Dayton and Utah to start the season.

Let’s take a look at whether Rice has a chance to hang with Houston in our NCAAB odds.


Can Rice Hang With Houston?

There is added juice with this matchup given both schools are located in Houston. Will that be enough for Rice to keep pace with Houston?

Rice is an underwhelming 3-5 this season. The Owls do enter this matchup on a two-game winning streak with victories over Houston Christian and UT Martin. Guard Travis Evee had 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the team’s 65-56 win over Houston Christian.

The Owls have had some challenging tests this season. Rice lost 80-64 to No. 12 Texas on Nov. 15. The Owls also have losses to Harvard, New Mexico and UC Irvine. Evee is the player to watch as the guard is averaging 17 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

As for Houston, the team is getting a boost from Cryer, who transferred from Baylor over the offseason. The guard is leading Houston in scoring this season averaging 17.8 points per game while shooting 38.6% from long range. Houston is also getting production from forward J’Wan Roberts with 9.1 points and 8.3 boards per contest.

Rice vs Houston Game Information

  • Game: Rice Owls (3-5) vs (No. 3) Houston (8-0)
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023, 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Fertitta Center, Houston, TX
  • Rice vs Houston Live Stream: TBS.com


Rice vs Houston Betting Lines


Rice-Houston Pick: Cougars Roll Owls

Even with this being an in-city matchup, it is challenging to find a pathway for Rice to stay in the game. Against Division I opponents, Houston ranks No. 3 in the country with a massive 24.6 margin of victory.

The Cougars have thrived at home as well making the team a nice play in Las Vegas College Basketball odds. Houston’s defense will make it challenging for Rice to score the necessary points to hang around. My college basketball prediction for this matchup has Houston covering the sizable 28-point spread.

College Basketball Pick ATS: Houston -27½



Question Of The Day

Which team's defensive strategy might impact the final score the most in the Rice vs Houston game?

Rice is going to find it difficult to score against a stingy Houston defense.


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