Against The Spread Pick
This is a series that the Monarchs have owned in recent times as they have beaten Rice six times in a row straight up. The Owls have a trio of seniors in Robert Martin, Josh Parrish, and Ako Adams that have scored 46% of the team’s points in the last three games so they will need to be slowed down for Old Dominion to continue their streak here. ODU is scoring over 78 ppg in conference play and their defense will be key as they are 0-5 when allowing 71 points or more this season. The Monarchs are 6-3-1 as underdogs against the spread while Rice is 4-1 as favorites. The value is with the home team here.
Over Under Pick
Rice lives by the three-point shot more than any other C-USA squad as they average 10 made threes per game this season and 12.6 three-point baskets in the last five games. This shooting hot streak tips the balance towards the over in this one as the Monarchs will need to match the scoring pace of the Owls. Rice will keep the scoring going on their own court and the over is the play here as the Owls are 6-3 on the over this season at home and 7-2 when the line is in this range.