Looking to win big? The Roadrunners and Owls face off at 3:00 ET on ESPN+. The Owls are hosting the game at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston, TX. The over/under for this American Athletic conference contest is set at 153.5 points, with the Owls being the favored team playing at home against the Roadrunners.

UTSA ROADRUNNERS VS RICE OWLS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UTSA Roadrunners +8.5

This game will be played at Tudor Fieldhouse at 3:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE UTSA ROADRUNNERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Owls.
  • Even though we have Rice winning straight-up, we like UTSA at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Will the Roadrunners Find a Way to Win on the Road?

Today, the UTSA Roadrunners will be on the road as they take on the Rice Owls. So far this season, UTSA has an overall record of 6-8 and are currently on a two-game losing streak.

On the road, the Roadrunners have gone just 1-5 and have an average scoring margin of -8.7 points per game. In their last game, UTSA fell to UAB by a score of 78-76.

UTSA has an overall ATS record of 5-8 this season. On the road, they are just 1-5 vs. the spread. In their last 10 road games, the Roadrunners have gone 4-6 vs. the spread. As the underdog, UTSA has an ATS mark of 2-5 this year and they are 5-5 vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the underdog.

UTSA's over/under record this season is 8-5 and the average point total in their games is 158. So far, eight of their games have finished with more points than today's over/under line of 153.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 153 points.

The UTSA offense is coming off a game in which they scored 76 points vs. UAB. Overall their field goal percentage was 39.7% while connecting on 9 threes. Christian Tucker is leading the team in scoring at 13.4 points per contest. Dre Fuller has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 10.6 going into the game.

The Roadrunners' defense is presently ranked 274th nationally, allowing an average of 79.1 points per contest. So far, the UTSA defense is giving up an average of 10.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.1 times per game (472nd).

Can Rice Grab a Win at Home?

Heading into today's matchup, the Rice Owls are favored by 8.5 points over the UTSA Roadrunners. So far this season, Rice has an overall record of 6-8 and will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak.

At home this season, the Owls have gone 5-4 and have an average scoring margin of +4.8 points per game. In their last game, Rice faced off against Tulane and lost by a score of 84-59. Over their last ten games at home, the Owls have gone 6-4.

When looking at Rice's ATS record for the season, they are currently 6-8. At home, their ATS mark is 4-5. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Owls are 5-5 vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 153.5 is slightly lower than the average over/under line in Rice's games this year (154.1). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points, which is five points lower than their season average of 147.3 points per game.

Against Tulane, the Rice had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 72.8 points per game. They scored 59 points and posted a field goal percentage of 31.7% in the game. Coming into the game, the Owls offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 30%. On average, they get up 24.4 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 12.6 made free-throws.

Coming into today's game, the Rice defense is giving up an average of 74.5 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Rice defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as Tulane knocked down 9 three-pointers on their way to 84 points.