Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Owls vs Thundering Herd CBB Odds
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(20-9) Rice Owls vs. Marshall Thundering Herd (16-13)
2017 NCAA Basketball – CUSA
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Henderson Center, Huntington, West Virginia
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Rice has reached that magic 20 win mark. I am not sure that means they are a good bet for the Tournament but it does mean they are probably better than you think. Plus there is some documented letdown possibilities as teams use that as a success measure.
Marshall is always interesting. The won-loss record is nothing special but their style is ever entertaining. These teams are just a game apart in the conference so this game has seeding value for both.
Rice is closing strong this season. They have won 8 of their last 10 including a nice home win over Louisiana Tech. CUSA looks like a one bid league but there is competition.
Rice likes to push the ball and score, averaging 81ppg. Leading scorer Marcus Evans is averaging 19ppg while leading the team in assists. Their attack is all about the perimeter though so it can come and go.
Not far behind Evans in scoring is Egor Koulechov. He is averaging 18ppg but is also the team’s leading rebounder at more than 8 per game. Not bad for the 6’5″ wing that started his career at Arizona State.
This should be entertaining with the pace that both teams prefer to play at. They have not met this season but when they played a year ago both teams scored 90 points.
Marshall Thundering Herd
Marshalls scores 85ppg which is is 7th in the nation. The challenge is they give up 84ppg meaning that their pace of play kind of helps both teams put the ball in the basket. Their games are exciting.
Jon Elmore leads the club at 20ppg and is tops in assists. It is hos job to make sure the pace stays fast and he is not shy about jacking up shots early in the shot clock.
Ryan Taylor is their best rebounder at more than 8 per game but he is just 6’5″. At times they are essentially playing a four guard lineup with him chasing down whatever he can off the boards. He also leads the team in blocked shots.
Marshall knows who it is and is a tough home team at 12-2 SU. The spread numbers are good too at 9-2 ATS. Hard to ignore and it follows a simple logic of really being able to set the pace at home.
CBB Betting Trends:
- RICE are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 Thu. games.
- Over is 12-4 in RICE last 16 Thu. games.
- RICE are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- Over is 7-2-1 in MRSH last 10 home games.
- MRSH are 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 home games.
- Over is 36-16-1 in MRSH last 53 overall.
Free Rice Owls vs. Marshall Thundering Herd NCAAB Prediction:
The way these teams play there is definitely going to be a lot of points scored in this one, look for a total in the 160s maybe even 170+. If it gets that high it might be tempting to go under.
Rice has the better record so they are not likely to be too great of an underdog. Given the way the Thundering Herd has taken care of business they are probably the way to play this one.
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I think I will stick with the home guys here. Look for -4 or -5.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Marshall 88 – Rice 82
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