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Rice vs. FAU,
2-22-2018 - Pick and Prediction

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#585 Rice
Owls 137
#586 FAU
Owls -6

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Game Stats

Rice Owls

5 - 22

11-11
ATS
11-11
O/U
67
PPG
76
OPPG

FAU Owls

11 - 15

9-12
ATS
7-14
O/U
68
PPG
69
OPPG

Rice Owls (5-22 SU, 2-12 Conference USA, 10-11-6 ATS)

Florida Atlantic Owls (11-15 SU, 5-9 Conference USA, 9-11-5 ATS)

Where: FAU Arena, Boca Raton, Florida

When: Thursday, February 22, 7 PM. ET.

The Rice Owls will be trying to snap a six-game losing streak when they take on the Florida Atlantic Owls on Thursday night.

Owls Looking For Second Win In Eight Games

The Owls have struggled a lot this season and find themselves in the middle of another losing streak. They will be trying to end their winless drought and get their second win in their last eight games when they take on Florida Atlantic on Thursday.

In their last game, the Owls were defeated by Western Kentucky 85-66 thanks to a poor offensive effort.

The Owls finished the game shooting 41 percent from the field and 36 percent from three point range.

Malik Osbourne led the way for Rice with 15 points and four rebounds. Connor Cashaw finished with 13 points and four assists, while Miles Lester added 13 points for the Owls, who finished the game with three players scoring in double figures.

Defensively, the Owls allowed the Hilltoppers to shoot 55 percent from the field as well as from three point range.

Darius Thompson led the way for Western Kentucky with 18 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists. Justin Johnson finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Josh Anderson added 12 points and three rebounds for the Hilltoppers, who finished the game with five players scoring in double figures.

Owls Trying To Win Second Straight Game

Florida Atlantic was able to snap a four-game losing streak in their last outing when they defeated Florida International 77-72. They will be trying to make it two straight wins when they take on the Rice Owls, who are going to be trying to end their losing streak.

The Owls allowed the Golden Panthers to shoot 45 percent from the field and 21 percent from three point range.

Brian Beard Jr. led the way for Florida International with 20 points and six assists, while Eddie Lockett added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Panthers, who finished the game with two players scoring in double figures.

Offensively, the Owls shot 45 percent from the field and made 42 percent of their three point attempts.

Ronald Delph led the way for Florida Atlantic with 24 points and six rebounds. Justin Massey finished with 18 points, while Gerdarius Troutman added 17 points for the Owls, who finished the game with three players scoring in double figures.

Trends

Rice is:

  • 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home.
  •  3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
  • 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.

Florida Atlantic is:

  • 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
  •  7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

Rice has struggled against the spread in their last 10 games, while Florida Atlantic has been pretty solid against the spread, especially against teams with losing records.

Pick: Florida Atlantic

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