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Houston vs. Tulane - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulane Green Wave (12-5) at Houston Cougars (7-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The Tulane Green Wave and Houston Cougars play Saturday at the Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Tulane Green Wave have split their last eight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Tulane is averaging 69.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 65.7 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Louis Dabney is averaging 13.8 points and 3.4 rebounds while Jonathan Stark is averaging 12.1 points and 4.5 assists. Jay Hook is the third player averaging double-digit points and Dylan Osetkowski is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Tulane Green Wave have six players averaging at least 5.7 points, and they’re shooting 67.2 percent from the line and 35 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last five games.

Houston vs. Tulane - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Cougars have lost five straight games and are still looking for their first AAC win. On the season, Houston is averaging 67.7 points on 38.1 percent shooting and is allowing 68.1 points on 42 percent shooting. Jherrod Stiggers is averaging 16.1 points and 2.6 assists while Devonta Pollard is averaging 11 points and 6.4 rebounds. L.J. Rose is dishing 5.3 assists and Danrad Knowles is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Houston Cougars have three double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 65.8 percent from the line and 32.6 percent from downtown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in three of its last six games. Houston is 5-4 SU on its home court.

The Green Wave are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss. The Cougars are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Green Wave are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Houston and 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings overall.

Houston is simply a bad basketball team that's lost to a lot of questionable teams. Meanwhile, Tulane has shown it can win consistently and has at least competed in most of its losses. I'm going with the road team in a toss up matchup. 

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