Memphis Tigers vs. Houston Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/23/14
Houston Cougars (11-7) at Memphis Tigers (13-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Tigers and FedEx Forum hope to treat the home crowd to a win over the Houston Cougars.
Houston improved to 3-2 in the AAC after a 77-55 rout of visiting Rutgers. In the three wins both the offense and defense have played well and not so well in the defeats. The key is consistency which wasn't an issue versus the Scarlet Knights as a seven point lead turned in to a full blown rout. The Cougars sank half their shots and held the visitors to a mere 31% from the floor which rendered their 19 extra looks null and void. Donrad led five DD scorers with 16 points and eight pulls followed by Danuel House and is 14 point, six board effort. TaShawn Thomas and Brandon Morris each tossed in 12 points with Jherrod Stiggers and LJ Rose combining for 20 points.
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Memphis had their stay in th the top 25 come to an end in an 83-73 loss to Connecticut in which the Huskies led throughout over the final 20 minutes. The Tigers got back in the win column with a 101-78 decision against Le Moyne-Owen in a game that was put in the win column before the opening tip. The Tigers ended this with a 19 point lead going in to the locker room behind 58.5% marksmanship while limiting the visitors to 40% shooting. Nick King paced the offensive explosion with 18 points and five yanks with Austin Nichols and Geron Johnson posting 12 points each with the latter grabbing nine boards and handing out seven assists. Shaq Goodwin and Kuran Iverson combined for 21 points and 13 rebounds while three others netted between 8-9 points.
Houston is a decent squad but we saw what can happen to a decent squad when they are not prepared versus a team like Louisville. I don't think Memphis is a Louisville so I'll try the points...