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Houston vs. Tulane - 1/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulane Green Wave (7-8) at Houston Cougars (12-2)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars -10.0 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Tulane Green Wave will travel to Hofheinz Pavilion to take on the Houston Cougars this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Tulane Green Wave lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-8 (0-2 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the Connecticut Huskies, 75-67, this past Saturday. Tulane used a 17-0 run midway through the 2nd half to cut the Connecticut lead to 51-49, but couldn’t get any closer in the loss. Tulane shot 40.4% from the field and outrebounded Connecticut by a 38-35 margin. The Green Wave allowed the Huskies to shoot 42.3% from the field and 52.4% (11-21) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Tulane was Jernard Jarreau who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Green Wave have been led by Louis Dabney (13.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg), Malik Morgan (11.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg), and Dylan Osetkowski (10.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, Tulane is averaging 67.6 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field and 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Green Wave is averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.86. Defensively, Tulane is holding their opponents to an average of 67.0 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Green Wave have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of -1.3.

Houston vs. Tulane - 1/5/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Cougars won their 4th straight game and improved to 12-2 (2-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the Temple Owls, 77-50, this past Saturday. Temple used a 17-1 run in the first half to take a 40-21 halftime lead and never allowed Temple back into the game in the 2nd half. Houston was outstanding offensively as they shot 54.4% from the field and 46.7% (7-15) from three-point range. The Cougars held the Owls to 34.5% shooting from the field and outrebounded Temple by a 41-30 margin. Leading the way for Houston was Rob Gray Jr. who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and a block. On the season, the Cougars have been led by Rob Gray Jr. (18.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Devonta Pollard (14.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.2 spg), and Damyean Dotson (12.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, Houston is averaging 82.8 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field and 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cougars average 7.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.27. Defensively, Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 68.3 ppg on 41.4% shooting. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 3.2.

The Green Wave are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cougars are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AAC opponents and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Tulane has struggled as of late as they’ve dropped four of their last five and continue to have trouble finding ways to score the ball. Houston had their most impressive win of the season against a Temple team that just upset Cincinnati and has been outstanding on both sides of the ball throughout the season. Houston does a great job of forcing turnovers and if they can put together another defensive effort as they did against Temple, I think the Cougars will be able to cover this spread at home. Take Houston to cover.  

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Houston Cougars -10

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