TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
#864 LOUISIANA TECH (-9′) over Rice at 7:30 PM EST
Off back-to-back SU and ATS home wins over UAB and with 13 days to prepare thanks to a postponed road series at Middle Tennessee, Louisiana Tech will have no trouble knocking off Rice. The Owls have been practicing for 13 days too and they’ll have issues on this trip to Ruston. Let’s take a look inside the numbers.
Sporting a solid 9-2 SU and 8-3 ATS mark in the last 11 meetings, the Bulldogs have enjoyed a great deal of success in this series lately. Even more impressive, head coach Eric Konkol’s boys have been an absolute beast inside the Thomas Assembly Center too. At home, Louisiana Tech owns a stunning 42-3 SU and 23-9 ATS record in its last 45 games including a blistering 24-1 SU and 15-3 ATS if it is running with four or more days of rest. With those two parameters live and the Bulldogs not off a straight up loss of four points or more, this situation explodes to a nearly perfect 17-1 SU and 12-1 ATS.
Checking in off back-to-back straight up losses at Western Kentucky, things won’t get any easier for Rice at this venue. When stepping up in class and competing against an opponent that owns a team won/loss percentage of .701 or better, the Owls haven’t been worth a hoot lately posting a feeble 8-52 SU and 24-34-1 ATS record in their last 60 games. In this role checking in without confidence off a straight up loss, Rice falls to a woeful 3-31 SU and 12-20-1 ATS including a filthy 1-17 SU and 3-13-1 ATS in this set if it is priced as an underdog of +12 or less. Finally, as an underdog grabbing +8 or more and hitting the hardwood with four or more days of rest, the Owls have struggled inking a feeble 2-42 SU and 16-27-1 ATS mark.
The Bulldogs are cooking right now with a sizzling 13-4 SU and 14-3 ATS record in their last 17 games and they’ll have no trouble extending the margin against the Owls on Karl Malone Court. Take Louisiana Tech. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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