Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Rice Owls: 2/12/2021 Betting Preview, Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds and Trends

Written by on February 12, 2021

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (13-4) are heavy, 11.5-point favorites as they look to extend a four-game winning streak when they host the Rice Owls (12-8) on Friday, February 12, 2021 at E. A. Diddle Arena. The contest airs at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN+. The matchup has a point total of 147.5.

Betting Information

Western Kentucky vs Rice Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Western Kentucky -11.5 -110 -110 147.5 -109 -112 -835 540

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Western Kentucky vs Rice
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Rice (+11.5) Under (147.5) Western Kentucky 78 Rice 68

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Total Facts

  • The Hilltoppers and their opponents have put up at least 147.5 points — this matchup’s over/under — in six of 17 outings (35.3%) this year.
  • Rice and its opponents have combined to score more than 147.5 points in 55% of their games this season (11 of 20 opportunities).
  • The two teams average a combined 3.8 more points per game (151.3) than this matchup’s total of 147.5 points.
  • Opponents of the two teams average a combined 5.7 less points per game (141.8) than this matchup’s total of 147.5 points.
  • The Hilltoppers average point total in matchups this year is 143.6, 3.9 points below the over/under in this game.
  • Owls games this year have averaged an over/under of 149.4 points, 1.9 more than the point total in this matchup.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The 74.1 points the Hilltoppers average per game are only 1.8 more points than the Owls surrender (72.3).
  • When Western Kentucky puts up more than 72.3 points, it is 8-0 overall and 5-0 against the spread.
  • Rice has a 2-6 record against the spread and a 2-6 record overall in games when it gives up more than 74.1 points.
  • The Owls average 7.7 more points per game (77.2) than the Hilltoppers give up to opponents (69.5).
  • Rice has put together a 10-3 overall record and an 8-0 ATS record in games it scores more than 69.5 points.
  • Western Kentucky has an ATS record of 1-1 and a 2-0 record overall when its opponents score more than 77.2 points.
  • The Hilltoppers have scored a total of 77 more points than their opponents this year (an average of 4.6 per game), and the Owls have out-scored opponents by 97 points on the season (4.9 more per game).

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Western Kentucky Betting Information

  • The Hilltoppers have struggled somewhat against the spread this season, posting a 7-10 record.
  • When favored by at least 11.5 points, the Hilltoppers have struggled to a 0-3 record ATS this season.
  • The Hilltoppers have combined with their opponents to go over the total in 7 of 17 contests this season, a rate of 41.2%

Rice Betting Information

  • Rice has a 10-6-1 record against the spread, covering in 58.8% of their outings.
  • The Owls have not fared well as a 11.5-point underdog, going 0-1 against the spread when they are at least 11.5-point underdogs.
  • In the majority of Rice’s games this season, the teams have not hit the over (8 out of 17 games, 47.1%).

Head to Head

Western Kentucky vs Rice (Last 2 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
1/4/2020 Western Kentucky -11 156 -715 +480 Regular Season 68-61 WKENT
2/7/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 92-85 WKENT

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Western Kentucky Leaders

  • The scoring and rebounding leader for the Hilltoppers is Charles Bassey, who puts up 17.8 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.
  • Dayvion McKnight is Western Kentucky’s best passer, dispensing 3.2 assists per game while scoring 5.5 PPG.
  • Luke Frampton’s 2.0 threes per game leads the Hilltoppers.
  • Josh Anderson is Western Kentucky’s leader in steals, averaging 1.9 steals per game, while Bassey leads them in blocks with 3.4 per contest.

Rice Leaders

  • Max Fiedler has racked up 9.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, putting him at the top of the Owls leaderboards in those categories.
  • Quincy Olivari counts for 15.9 points per game, making him the top scorer on Rice’s team.
  • Travis Evee’s 3.2 made threes per game lead the Owls.
  • Rice’s leader in steals is Evee with 1.2 per game, and its leader in blocks is Fiedler with 0.9 per game.
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