Rice Owls vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3-20-23 NCAA Basketball Prediction, Best Bets and Odds

Rice Owls vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds 3/20/23 – On Monday afternoon, the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, 23-12, will seek their second consecutive win when they take on the Rice Owls 19-15 in a quarterfinal of the CBI. Thunderbirds are coming off of their 72-50 victory against North Alabama as 9.5-point favorites, while Owls pulled away with an 84-78 triumph against Duquesne as seven-point underdogs. It seems that Southern Utah opens as a home favorite by the college basketball online betting.

Rice Owls vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Date & Time: Monday, March 20, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET 

Location: Ocean Center

Rice Owls vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Betting Odds


Moneyline: +230

Spread: +6.5 (-110)

Total: 163.5 over (-110)

Southern Utah

Moneyline: -286

Spread: -6.5 (-110)

Total: 163.5 under (-110)

Rice Owls vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Analysis

The Rice Owls started the tournament off with an unexpected win against Dukes in their last game and hope to build on that momentum with another victory against Thunderbirds, giving them their second straight victory. Rice is averaging 74.8 points per game and scored 84 points last time out while making 57.1 percent of their field goals and 29.4 percent of three-pointers; however, Rice has struggled defensively, giving up 78.5 points per game; they gave up 78 points last time out so will need to improve if they want this match against Thunderbirds.

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds rebounded from their loss to Grand Canyon with a win over the Lions in their last game, and now look to keep that momentum rolling with another victory against Owls, giving them two in a row and five wins out of six games. Southern Utah is averaging 78.2 points per game, scoring 72 points last game while making 37.7% of their field goals and 34.6 percent of three-pointers. Unfortunately, Southern Utah’s defense has been spotty lately; giving up 76.1 points per game including 50 in their last contest; hopefully similar efforts can get them the victory this time around.

Rice Owls vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Against the Spread

Owls are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win. Owls are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Under is 5-1 in Owls last 6 neutral site games. Under is 4-1 in Owls last 5 games following a straight up win. Over is 4-1 in the Owls last 5 Monday games.

Thunderbirds are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. Thunderbirds are 6-20-1 ATS in their last 27 Monday games. Over is 5-2 in Thunderbirds last 7 games following a straight up win. Thunderbirds are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. Over is 17-7-1 in Thunderbirds last 25 neutral site games.

Rice Owls vs Southern Utah Thunderbirds Free Pick

The Thunderbirds have won four of their last five games and are playing well offensively. They’ve taken advantage of their opportunities at the charity stripe, rebounded the ball well, and displayed aggressiveness on offense which will provide them with more scoring chances. The Owls have struggled defensively recently, conceding more than 80 points per game over their last three matches. Therefore, they will find it difficult to slow down Southern Utah in this game. While not perfect defensively, Southern Utah did play better recently by holding their last three opponents under 75 points per contest and should have no trouble keeping Rice’s offense quiet. Therefore, according to NCAAB betting stats, Southern Utah should cover the spread comfortably.

Free Pick: Southern Utah Thunderbirds -6.5 (-110)