TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION THURSDAY, MARCH 10TH
#800 NORTH TEXAS (-11) over Rice at 6:30 PM EST
The defending C-USA Tournament champions apply to a pair of postseason situations that hold money-making marks of 82-39 ATS and 134-88 ATS and the Mean Green will have no trouble dismissing the overachieving Owls. Rice enters this contest off a huge 73-61 upset win over Charlotte and head coach Scott Pera and his boys don’t stand a chance in this battle.
In the last 10 meetings between these two conference warriors, North Texas has been in complete control posting a 9-1 SU and 6-4 ATS record. This year, the Mean Green pounded the Owls too winning by 32 at home and 23 on the road. Overall, head coach Grant McCasland’s troops have been on a roll inking a tremendous 59-22 SU and 48-25-2 ATS record in their last 81 games including a reliable 23-7 SU and 23-6 ATS provided they played on the road in their last battle. Also, when going into revenge, UNT carries a reliable 32-7 SU and 26-11-1 ATS mark in its last 39 games including a spotless 4-0 SU and ATS provided this is a conference tournament matchup.
Backing Rice in this setting is going to be dangerous to your wallet. When coming off a SU and ATS win, the Owls haven’t been worth a hoot notching a stiff 90-121-4 ATS record including a disturbing 37-66-3 ATS if they are playing with revenge of any kind. With those two parameters live and Rice taking the floor off a victory of 11 points or more, this angle falls to a woeful 11-38 SU and 11-34-1 ATS including an ugly 1-17 SU and 2-15 ATS if its opponent holds a team won/loss percentage of .700 or better.
With a victory, the Mean Green will tie the single season program record for wins with 24. Off the loss at Texas El Paso in their last game, Coach McCasland’s kids will respond in a big way here. Take North Texas. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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