Upcoming Free Picks

Rice vs. FAU Prediction,
and Odds - 2-16-2019

This is a past game! View all upcoming NCAAB games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#649 Rice
Owls 147.5
#650 FAU
Owls -5

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Rice Owls

10 - 16


FAU Owls

15 - 11


Betting Trends


No betting trends available for this game. Click here to see all available for NCAAB.

Featured Video from Scott Steehn

For our Top Plays of the Day, check out today’s Deep-3:

Rice takes on FAU in a Conference USA basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Rice Owls are 10-16 overall and 5-8 in the league, which places them tied for 11th with MTSU. The FAU Owls are 6-7, which puts them at tied for 7th in C-USA with FIU and Marshall. This is the first meeting of the season for FAU and Rice.

Roller coaster of a season

Rice has won just three games in their last seven games. When they upset Marshall at home on Feb. 9, they needed to go on a run. Instead, they fell at FIU, 86-65 on Thursday night. Quentin Millora-Brown led the Owls with 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Josh Parrish added 13 points. Rice shot 44.4 percent from the field but none of that matters. The only stat the counts in this game was the turnover number. Rice turned it over 33 times against the FIU pressure, while the Golden Panthers committed 15.

“Obviously, (33 turnovers) is a terrible number for us to try to compete on road,” said head coach Scott Pera. “We knew that (FIU) was going to pressure us, try to speed us up and play at a pace that would get us a little out of control. They certainly did that. They did a really good job and deserved to win the game. From the start, they were the aggressor. They were the better team and they deserved to win.

On the season, Rice averages 14.0 turnovers per game and ranks 12th out 14 teams in C-USA in turnover margin (-2.77) and 9th in assist/turnover ratio (0.97). Chris Mullins leads the Owls with 12.3 points per game and in steals with 1.3 per game. On offense, the Owls average 75.4 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting (35.2% 3pt). They allow 78.8 points per game (328th) on 45.1 percent shooting (34.7% 3pt).

Next man up

FAU lost two quality players earlier in the season due to injuries. The biggest loss was to star forward Jaylin Ingram (18.9ppg, 8.2rpg), who injured his knee in mid-December and is out for the season. Jaylen Sebree (9.4ppg, 4.2rpg) injured his shoulder in mid-January and is also out for the season. So FAU had to regroup and they’ve played decently, winning four of six games. The won their last game on Thursday over North Texas, 57-47 at home. This was a quality win for the Owls as a 4.5-point home dog. Anthony Adger led the way with 15 points for FAU, but it was all about the defense. They held the Mean Green to just 33.3 percent shooting and outrebounded them by eight.

Adger leads the Owls with 16.8 points per game, while Simeon Lepichev leads in rebounds with 5.2 per contest. FAU does a pretty good job rebounding the ball. They rank third in C-USA in rebounding margin with 4.6 per game. Overall on offense, FAU averages 72.1 points per game on 41.4 percent shooting (33.1% 3pt) so shooting is an issue. On defense, they allow 69.1 points per game on 41.7 percent shooting (32% 3pt).

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Going with the Rice Owls in this one. They are a strong cover team, especially in this series. The road team is 5-0-1 ATS the last 6 in this series and FAU is 2-7 ATS last 9 after a SU win. The bottom line is that FAU is not a strong enough team due to their injuries to put together any kind of streak. Take the road team.

Prediction: Rice

Full-Game Total Pick

Rice has gone under in two straight and FAU can’t score with any consistency, so they need to win with defense and playing the game at their pace. Rice is 7-1 Under their last 8 after an ATS loss. FAU is 13-5 Under their last 18 overall.

Prediction: Under

Benjamin Hayes

Ben has been a sports writer for over 30 years, dabbling in college and pro basketball, college and pro football, baseball, college lacrosse, minor league baseball and even college gymnastics. He's also been involved in the gaming industry for over 25 years and has been looking to beat the books since he was 13!


Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Monday, Mar 25
#547 Philadelphia 76ers -2.5
#548 Orlando Magic 219.5
View Pick
#549 Oklahoma City Thunder -5.5
#550 Memphis Grizzlies 219.5
View Pick
#551 Phoenix Suns
#552 Utah Jazz
View Pick
#553 Brooklyn Nets 225.5
#554 Portland Trailblazers -6
View Pick
#605 Coastal Carolina 157.5
#606 West Virginia -9
View Pick
#607 Utah Valley 146.5
#608 USF -2.5
View Pick
#613 Texas Southern
#614 Texas Rio Grande Valley
View Pick
#601 Norfolk State
#602 Colorado
View Pick
#611 Brown 137
#612 Loyola Marymount -4.5
View Pick
#609 Longwood
#610 DePaul
View Pick
#21 Dallas 5.5
#22 Winnipeg -155
View Pick
#23 Vegas
#24 St. Louis
View Pick
#25 Los Angeles 6
#26 Calgary -310
View Pick
#27 Detroit 6.5
#28 San Jose -375
View Pick
Friday, Mar 29
#673 Auburn
#674 North Carolina (UNC)
View Pick
Tuesday, Mar 26
#37 Los Angeles
#38 Edmonton
View Pick