Rice vs. Florida International Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, March 4, 2023

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Rice vs. Florida International Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Saturday, March 4, 2023

College Basketball Predictions

The Rice Owls (17-13, 8-11 C-USA) will attempt to halt a three-game losing streak when they host the Florida International Panthers (13-17, 7-12 C-USA) at 3:00 PM ET on Saturday, March 4, 2023 as 5.5-point favorites. The Panthers have lost five games in a row. The matchup has a point total of 155.

Rice vs. Florida International Odds

  • Rice odds to win: -234
  • Florida International odds to win: +190
  • Spread: Rice (-5.5)
  • Total: 155

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 PM ET
  • TV: ESPN+
  • Where: Houston, Texas
  • Venue: Tudor Fieldhouse

Who Will Win Rice vs. Florida International?

Rice and Florida International Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread

Rice has a 3-2 record against the spread this season when favored by 5.5 points or more.

When it has played as at least a 5.5-point underdog this year, Florida International is 6-6 against the spread.

The Owls and the Panthers combine to average 5.4 fewer points per game than the total of 155 set for this game.

Opponents of these teams have averaged a combined 150.5 points per game, 4.5 fewer than the over/under for this game.

Rice’s average point total in outings this year is 152.9, 2.1 points fewer than the over/under in this game.

The average over/under in Panthers games this year is 7.9 fewer points than the point total of 155 in this outing.

So far this season, the Owls have compiled a 14-13-0 record against the spread.

The Panthers are 14-14-0 against the spread this year.

Rice Stats & Insights

Rice has a +42 scoring differential, topping opponents by 1.4 points per game. It is putting up 77.2 points per game to rank 52nd in college basketball and is giving up 75.8 per contest to rank 326th in college basketball.

Rice wins the rebound battle by an average of 1.7 boards. It is collecting 32.9 rebounds per game (110th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 31.2 per outing.

The Owls knock down 9 three-pointers per game (32nd in college basketball), while their opponents have made 8.2 on average.

Rice’s 97.9 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 76th in college basketball, and the 96.1 points it allows per 100 possessions rank 304th in college basketball.

Offensively, the Owls have played better at home this year, putting up 80.9 points per game, compared to 72.2 per game in away games.

Florida International Stats & Insights

Florida International’s -67 scoring differential (being outscored by 2.3 points per game) is a result of putting up 72.4 points per game (167th in college basketball) while allowing 74.7 per outing (307th in college basketball).

Florida International ranks 340th in the nation at 28.2 rebounds per game. That’s 6.7 fewer than the 34.9 its opponents average.

Florida International knocks down 6.8 three-pointers per game (245th in college basketball), 1.8 fewer than its opponents.

Florida International averages 89.8 points per 100 possessions on offense (274th in college basketball), and concedes 92.5 points per 100 possessions (212th in college basketball).

In 2022-23 the Panthers are averaging 14.1 more points per game at home (78.1) than on the road (64).

Rice Key Players to Watch

The leader in rebounds and assists for the Owls is Max Fiedler, who grabs 7.7 boards and administers five assists per game to go with a 10.6 PPG scoring average.

Quincy Olivari is Rice’s leading scorer, averaging 19.2 per game while tacking on six rebounds and 2.2 assists.

The Owls get the most three-point shooting production out of Olivari, who makes 2.8 threes per game.

Travis Evee is Rice’s leader in steals, averaging 1.2 steals per game, while Fiedler leads them in blocks with 1.1 per contest.

Florida International Key Players to Watch

Denver Jones racks up 19.6 points per game to be the top scorer for the Panthers.

The Florida International leaders in rebounding and assists are Nick Guadarrama with 4.2 rebounds per game (he also adds 7.3 points and 1.9 assists per game) and Arturo Dean with 3.5 assists per game (he also tacks on 11.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game).

Jones is the top scorer from distance for the Panthers, hitting two threes per game.

Dean (2.4 steals per game) is the steal leader for Florida International while Mohamed Sanogo (1.2 blocks per game) is the block leader.

Rice vs. Florida International Prediction

  • Pick ATS:

    Florida International (+5.5)

  • Pick OU:

    Under (155)

  • Prediction:
    Rice 77, Florida International 73
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