Planning on watching today's Owls and 49ers game? Catch the action at Halton Arena in Charlotte, NC, as the 49ers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this American Athletic conference game currently have Charlotte as the -7 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 134 points.


The Pick: Rice Owls +7

This game will be played at Halton Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, March 6th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the 49ers.
  • Even though we have Charlotte winning straight-up, we like Rice at +7.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will Rice Find a Way to Win on the Road?

Despite being the underdog, Rice has performed better on the road this season than at home. They have gone 5-7 on the road compared to 6-11 at home. Their average scoring margin on the road is -6.2 compared to -0.9 at home. The Owls have gone 4-13 as the underdog this season.

Over their last 10 games on the road, Rice has gone 5-5. They are coming off a loss to Wichita State by a score of 87-66. So far this season, they have gone 11-18 overall and 5-11 in conference play.

As the underdog this season, Rice has gone just 5-10-2 against the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-6 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 4-4-2. In their last three road games, the Owls have gone 1-2 vs the spread.

Today's over/under line of 134 is lower than the average over/under line in Rice's games this season (150.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 127 points compared to their season average of 148.2 points per game. So far this season, their over/under record is 14-14-1.

In their latest game, Rice offense put up 66 points against Wichita State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 44.6% and made 6 threes. The team's scoring leader is Travis Evee, who holds an average of 16.2 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Mekhi Mason is averaging 13.8 points per game this season.

Looking at the Rice defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 75.6 points per game (261st). So far, the Rice defense is giving up an average of 8.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.3 times per game (541st).

Can Charlotte Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?

Charlotte enters this game as the favorite, as they have been in 17 of their 28 games this season. Overall, they have gone 13-4 when favored, and they have gone 11-2 at home this year.

The 49ers have gone 4-1 in their last five games at home, and they are coming off a 76-61 loss to South Florida. On the season, Charlotte has gone 17-11, including an 11-5 record in American Athletic Conference play.

Charlotte has been a solid team vs. the spread this season with a record of 14-12-1. At home, their ATS mark is 10-3. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the 49ers have gone 5-4-1 vs. the spread.

The over/under record for Charlotte games this season is 12-13-2, and the average scoring total in their games is 134.5 points. Today's over/under line of 134 is right in line with the average OU line in their games this year (135.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 6-4.

Against South Florida, the Charlotte had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 68.8 points per game. They scored 61 points and posted a field goal percentage of 40.4% in the game. Lu'Cye Patterson was the leading scorer for the 49ers, putting up 17 points. In addition, Nik Graves contributed 12 points.

At this time, the 49ers' defense is positioned 29th in the country, permitting 65.7 points per game. In today's game, the Charlotte defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 76 points.