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Houston vs. Tulsa - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (16-5) at Houston Cougars (9-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Houston Cougars meet Thursday night at the Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have won 11 straight games and hope to remain unbeaten in AAC play. On the season, Tulsa is averaging 67.3 points on 42.7 percent shooting and is allowing 61.3 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Shaquille Harrison is averaging 15.2 points and 3.4 assists while James Woodard is averaging 15.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. Rashad Smith is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Marquel Curtis is shooting 48.4 percent from the field. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have six players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 65.5 percent from the line and 31.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in nine of its last 10 games.

Houston vs. Tulsa - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Cougars have lost four of their last six games but look for their third straight win. On the season, Houston is averaging 66.2 points on 38.8 percent shooting and is allowing 67.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Jherrod Stiggers is averaging 15 points and 2.6 assists while Danrad Knowles is averaging 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. Devonta Pollard is the third player averaging double-digit points and L.J. Rose is dishing 5.6 assists. The Houston Cougars have seven players averaging at least 5.9 points, and they’re shooting 66.4 percent from the line and 31.6 percent from downtown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in six of its last seven games.

The Golden Hurricane are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cougars are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Golden Hurricane are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

While Tusla has crushed AAC play this season, Houston has done a solid job of covering the number and has played its best ball on its home court. I'll take the points here. 

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Houston Cougars +8.5

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