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Houston vs. Tulsa - 1/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (13-6) at Houston Cougars (13-6)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN News

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to the Hofheinz Pavilion to take on the Houston Cougars this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane won their 5th straight game and improved to 13-6 (5-2 American) on the season after defeating the UCF Knights, 75-60, this past Sunday. Tulsa was able to get out to a 32-27 halftime lead and used a 13-3 run midway through the 2nd half to secure the win. Tulsa struggled offensively and shot just 34.8% shooting from the field and 25.0% (8-32) from beyond the arc. The Golden Hurricane allowed the Knights to shoot 45.1% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 19-5 margin. Leading the way for Tulsa was James Woodard who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and a block. On the season, the Golden Hurricane have been led by James Woodard (16.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Shaquille Harrison (15.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.2 spg), and Marquel Curtis (6.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Tulsa is averaging 73.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Hurricane average 7.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.30. Defensively, Tulsa is holding their opponents to an average of 67.8 ppg on 41.2% shooting. The Golden Hurricane average 7.3 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 4.3.

Houston vs. Tulsa - 1/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Cougars lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 13-6 (3-4 American) on the season after being defeated by the South Florida Bulls, 71-62, this past Saturday. Houston struggled offensively in the first half and couldn’t come back after being down by 11-points at halftime. Houston shot just 37.5% from the field and 17.4% (4-23) from beyond the arc. The Cougars allowed the Bulls to shoot 43.8% from the field and was outrebounded by South Florida by a 43-27 margin. Leading the way for Houston was Danrad Knowles who had 15 points and 7 rebounds. On the season, the Cougars have been led by Rob Gray Jr. (16.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Devonta Pollard (12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Damyean Dotson (11.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, Houston is averaging 77.5 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field and 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Cougars average 6.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.19. Defensively, Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 67.8 ppg on 41.7% shooting. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 3.9 and a turnover margin of 2.5.

The Golden Hurricane are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win. The Cougars are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs AAC opponents.

Tulsa has won five straight games after starting off conference play with losses against SMU and Cincinnati and has arguably the best backcourt in the conference in Shaquille Harrison and James Woodard. Houston had a great start to their season with wins against LSU and Temple however, has struggled against the tougher competition in the AAC conference and has averaged just 62.75 ppg during their four game losing streak. Houston is a better team than what they’ve shown as of late but I think Tulsa will be able to win the turnover battle in this one and get a nice conference win on the road. Take Tulsa to cover this small spread. 

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