Against The Spread Pick
FIU comes into the Conference USA tournament as the fifth seed. The end to their regular season was less than impressive, as they went 1-5 in their last six games, losing to mostly teams ranked higher than them, but they also had a loss to 9-22 Southern Mississippi. On the other side, Rice is 15-16 on the season, and the 12th ranked team in Conference USA. They are 3-2 in their last five games, but I don’t think that gives them much of an advantage vs FUI. Despite Florida’s slump to end the season, there should be a rejuvenation in the team now that playoffs are here. And even though the end to the season was poor, the general skill gap between the two teams will be insurmountable for Rice. Take FIU tonight.
Over Under Pick
Both of these teams allow 72-plus opponent points per game, but both teams average around 75 points per game on the season. To narrow it down, in the last five games, the teams have been averaging a combined 141 points, with the averages per team being 71 for Rice and 70 for FIU. The dip in scoring could be a reason to take the under tonight. I don’t foresee a crazy jump happening for both teams to meet a relatively high total mark, especially for a tournament game. Expect what we have seen in the last five games from these teams, take the UNDER.