Rice vs Texas Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 12 (Owls Can't Keep Up at the Moody Center)

Larry Rupp
Rice vs Texas prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Rice vs Texas prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Eric Gay
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Rice vs Texas Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Rice Owls (6-2, 1-2 Away) vs. No. 2 Texas Longhorns (7-1, 6-0 Home)
Date: Monday, Dec. 12, 2022
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Moody Center — Austin, TX
Coverage: Longhorn Network

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Monday with a thrilling matchup between the Rice Owls and No. 2 Texas Longhorns. Rice enters on a five-game winning streak that includes an 83-71 win over Texas State on Dec. 4. Quincy Olivari balled out with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Meanwhile, Texas is coming off one of its biggest wins of the season as it blew out Arkansas Pine-Bluff by a score of 88-43 on Saturday. Five Longhorns combined to score 49 points off the bench on a 20-35 shooting mark. The Golden Lions were held to a dismal 33.3% shooting mark from the floor.

Rice vs Texas Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: RICE: (N/A) | TEXAS: (N/A)
Spread: RICE: +25.5 (-115) | TEXAS: -25.5 (-105)
Total: 142.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Texas enters this contest as heavy home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 8 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 142.5 points, which is about average compared to Monday's projected totals.

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Rice vs Texas Prediction & Pick

Rice may be in the midst of a five-game winning streak, but it's important to note the competition it has played. The best win during that stretch came against a 5-3 Texas State squad. Playing the Longhorns on their home court is about as tough as it gets and the Owls are about to find that out.

Texas averages a reliable 81.1 points per game (No. 20 in NCAA) and is only allowing 57.4 points per game (No. 9 in NCAA) on the season. The Longhorns also force 18.8 turnovers per game (No. 7 in NCAA). They are getting the job done on both ends of the court and are due for another blowout win.

Texas has won 10 straight games against Rice and I expect that number to grow to 11 on Monday.

Final Score Prediction: Rice: 55 | Texas: 81

Rice vs Texas Betting Trends

- Rice is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
- The total has hit the under in four of Rice's last five games against Texas.
- Texas is 10-0 straight up in its last 10 games against Rice.
- The total has hit the under in seven of Texas' last eight games in December.

Rice vs Texas Best Bet

The Longhorns should have no trouble winning this game, but asking their bench players to keep the win margin above 25 points in the final few minutes may be too much to ask. Shifting gears to the point total is smart as the under has cashed in four of the last five games between Rice and Texas.

In fact, none of the last eight games between the Owls and Longhorns have resulted in more than 143 total points. Look for a repeat of Saturday as Texas' defense shines and its offense takes the foot off the pedal late. The total has hit the under in seven of Texas' last eight games in December, too.

Bet: Under 142.5 Points (-110)

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