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Houston Cougars vs. Tulane Green Wave - 3/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulane Green Wave (11-21) vs. Houston Cougars (22-8)

College Basketball: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)

The Line: Houston Cougars -- See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Houston Cougars will play the Tulane Green Wave in the second round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Tulane Green Wave are 11-21 (3-15) and are the #10 seed in the American Athletic tournament. Tulane is coming off of a win against UCF by a score of 65-63 in their first game of the tournament. Tulane is averaging 66.1 points per game while giving up 70.7 points per game. Tulane is also averaging 37.3 rebounds per game and 11.1 assists per game. Louis Dabney is averaging 14.6 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game for Tulane. Malik Morgan is averaging 12.7 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Green Wave. Tulane is shooting 66.8% on free throws, 30.5% on three-pointers, and 39.8% on all field goal attempts.

Houston Cougars vs. Tulane Green Wave - 3/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Cougars are 22-8 (12-6) and are the #2 seed in the American Athletic tournament. Houston finished the regular season by winning their last 3 games and is coming off of a win against Cincinnati by a score of 69-56. Houston swept the season series against Tulane by scores of 63-45 and 82-69 . Houston is averaging 78.2 points per game while giving up 68.8 points per game. Houston is also averaging 38.1 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game. Rob Gray Jr. is averaging 16.3 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game for Houston. Devonta Pollard is averaging 13.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Cougars. Houston is shooting 71.3% on free throws, 34.9% on three-pointers, and 46.7% on all field goal attempts.

Tulane is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. Tulane is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games. The under is 5-2 in Tulane’s last 7 neutral site games. Houston is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games. Houston is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The over is 5-1 in Houston’s last 6 Friday games. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.

Tulane comes into this game as the last seed in the American Athletic Conference and will have their hands full with a good Houston team. Houston is the better team here and should win easily. Houston has the much better offense and the slight rebounding advantage in this matchup. I like Houston to win big here. 

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