Rice hosts Northwestern State following Black’s 31-point game

Northwestern State Demons (8-2) at Rice Owls (7-3, 0-1 C-USA)

Houston; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rice -6.5; over/under is 152.5

BOTTOM LINE: Northwestern State visits the Rice Owls after Ja’Monta Black scored 31 points in Northwestern State’s 91-73 victory over the UL Monroe Warhawks.

The Owls are 6-0 in home games. Rice averages 78.4 points and has outscored opponents by 4.9 points per game.

The Demons are 4-1 on the road. Northwestern State is eighth in the Southland scoring 29.4 points per game in the paint led by Demarcus Sharp averaging 6.7.

TOP PERFORMERS: Quincy Olivari is scoring 18.0 points per game and averaging 5.2 rebounds for the Owls. Travis Evee is averaging 15.6 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 41.1% for Rice.

Black averages 3.4 made 3-pointers per game for the Demons, scoring 14.1 points while shooting 37.8% from beyond the arc. Sharp is averaging 16.1 points, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals for Northwestern State.

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