Florida Atlantic vs. Rice Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023
The Florida Atlantic Owls (26-3, 16-2 C-USA) hit the road in C-USA action against the Rice Owls (17-12, 8-10 C-USA) on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET. The Florida Atlantic Owls are favored by 8.5 points in the game. The point total is set at 154.5 in the matchup.
Florida Atlantic vs. Rice Odds
- Florida Atlantic odds to win: -384
- Rice odds to win: +307
- Spread: Florida Atlantic (-8.5)
- Total: 154.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Time: 8:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Houston, Texas
- Venue: Tudor Fieldhouse
Who Will Win Florida Atlantic vs. Rice?
Florida Atlantic and Rice Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Florida Atlantic has a 9-5 record against the spread this season when favored by 8.5 points or more.
In games this year in which it was an underdog by 8.5 points or more, Rice has a 3-2 record against the spread.
The two teams average a combined 1.4 more points per game (155.9) than this matchup’s total of 154.5 points.
Florida Atlantic and Rice have seen their opponents average a combined 14.5 fewer points per game than the over/under of 154.5 set in this game.
Florida Atlantic’s average point total in outings this year is 143.8, 10.7 points less than the total in this game.
Rice Owls games this year have averaged an over/under of 152.1 points, 2.4 fewer than the point total in this matchup.
The Florida Atlantic Owls have gone 18-9-0 ATS this season.
So far this season, the Rice Owls have compiled a 14-12-0 record against the spread.
Florida Atlantic Stats & Insights
Florida Atlantic’s +388 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 13.4 points per game) is a result of scoring 78.6 points per game (33rd in college basketball) while giving up 65.2 per outing (50th in college basketball).
Florida Atlantic comes out on top in the rebound battle by an average of 5.5 boards. It is grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game (25th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 30.1 per outing.
The Florida Atlantic Owls make 9.9 three-pointers per game (11th in college basketball), 3.6 more than their opponents (6.3).
Florida Atlantic’s 101.4 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 19th in college basketball, and the 84.2 points it allows per 100 possessions rank 28th in college basketball.
The Florida Atlantic Owls average 82.1 points per game in home games, compared to 73.7 points per game in road games, a difference of 8.4 points per contest.
Rice Stats & Insights
Rice is outscoring opponents by 2.5 points per game, with a +71 scoring differential overall. It puts up 77.3 points per game (50th in college basketball) and allows 74.8 per contest (310th in college basketball).
The 33.2 rebounds per game Rice accumulates rank 101st in the nation, 2.1 more than the 31.1 its opponents record.
Rice hits 8.9 three-pointers per game (41st in college basketball) at a 35.5% rate (111th in college basketball), compared to the 7.9 its opponents make, shooting 35% from beyond the arc.
Rice ranks 72nd in college basketball averaging 98.1 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is 280th, allowing 95 points per 100 possessions.
The Rice Owls score 81.4 points per game at home, and 72.2 on the road.
Florida Atlantic Key Players to Watch
Alijah Martin leads the Florida Atlantic Owls in scoring, tallying 13.1 points per game to go with five rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Florida Atlantic’s leading rebounder is Vladislav Goldin averaging 6.6 boards per game and its best passer is Jalen Gaffney and his 2.8 assists per game.
Martin leads the Florida Atlantic Owls in three-point shooting, making an average of two shots per game from beyond the arc.
Johnell Davis is Florida Atlantic’s leader in steals, averaging 1.3 steals per game, while Goldin leads them in blocks with one per contest.
Rice Key Players to Watch
Max Fiedler leads the Rice Owls in rebounds and assists with 7.8 rebounds and five assists per game.
Quincy Olivari scores 19.3 points per game, putting him at the top of the Rice scoring leaderboard. He also grabs 6.1 rebounds and tacks on 2.2 assists per game.
Olivari is dependable from deep and leads the Rice Owls with 2.8 made threes per game.
Rice’s leader in steals is Travis Evee with 1.2 per game, and its leader in blocks is Fiedler with 1.1 per game.
Florida Atlantic vs. Rice Prediction
- Pick ATS:
Florida Atlantic (-8.5)
- Pick OU:
Florida Atlantic 79, Rice 69
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