North Texas vs Rice Pick: Thursday, January 28th
North Texas vs Rice Pick January 28 2021: The North Texas Mean Green are coming off sweeping UTEP at home on January 15th and 16th. It was their 3rd win in 4 games. Last weekend’s games against Old Dominion were postponed due to positive covid cases in the ODU program. North Texas has won six of their last eight games, and are led by point guard Javion Hamlet who averages 12.8 points, and 5.2 assists per game. The Green have 2 other players averaging double digits in James Reese at 10.8 and Zachary Simmons at 10.0 UNT shoot the ball very well, averaging 49.1% from the field, 39.8% from behind the arc, and 74.1% from the foul line.
Meanwhile, Rice have lost 3 straight, coming off back-to-back double-digit road losses at UAB on Friday and Saturday. Rice played without 2nd leading scorer Travis Evee in the two UAB games, as he is out indefinitely with Covid. Evee is an important piece to the Rice offense, averaging 15.5 points per game. For now, the Owls are led by Quincy Olivari, who averages 16.1 points and 4.8 boards per game, hitting 46.4% from three. As a team, the Owls hit 45.5% from the field, 36.8% from three-point range, and 70.15% from the stripe.
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North Texas vs Rice Odds
|North Texas Odds||-7 (-110)|
|Rice Odds||+7 (-110)|
|Where/When||Tudor Fieldhouse, 8 PM ET|
North Texas are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and have outscored their opponents by an average of +9.9 points per game in that span. The Mean Green have averaged 74.3 points per game, and have gone Over the betting total in 6 of their 11 games this season. Meanwhile, the Rice Owls are 5-5 in their last 10, but have been outscored by an average of 75.2 to 70 in that stretch. The Owls are a significantly higher scoring team than UNT, putting up an average of 78.3 points per game, although they have still played below the betting total in the majority of their games, with the Under cashing in 9 of their 14 games this season.
North Texas vs Rice ATS Match-Up