Houston Cougars vs. Cornell Big Red - 11/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cornell Big Red (1-4) at Houston Cougars (5-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)
The Line: Houston Cougars -19.5 - Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Cornell Big Red head south to take on the Houston Cougars on Saturday afternoon.
The Cornell Big Red look for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in their last 3 games, most recently a 76-61 defeat at the hands of Monmouth. Troy Whiteside and Stone Gettings each logged a team-high in the game with 14 points, however it was Whiteside that was the more efficient of the pair, getting his 14 on 6 of 7 from the floor including a pair of 3-pointers while Gettings needed 12 attempts for his. Darryl Smith was the only other member of the Big Red to reach double figures, notching 12 points on a perfect 4 for 4 from the floor with a 3, but he did make just 3 of his 7 free throw attempts in the game. Cornell's leading scorer, Matt Morgan, saw his average shrink to 15.2 points per game after putting up just 9 vs. the Hawks. Gettings leads the team with 3.4 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game while the aforementioned Morgan is just behind him, averaging 6 boards per game. As a team, Cornell is scoring 69.2 points per game this season on 41.8% from the field, 30% from behind the arc and just 62.6% from the free throw line.
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The Houston Cougars look to build on a solid 4-0 start to their season after narrowly defeating Vermont by a final score of 72-71. The Cougars' leading scorer continued to deliver as Rob Gray Jr. put up 20 points on 9 of 18 from the floor to go along with 5 assists. Danrad Knowles was next on the chain with 11 points and Devin Davis put up 10 points to go along with his 7 rebounds as he joined the group as the only 3 Cougars to score in double figures in the game. Gray Jr. leads Houston with 19.8 points per game, Davis leads in rebounds, averaging 9 per game while Galen Robinson Jr. leads Houston with 6.5 assists per game. As a team, Houston is putting up 85.8 points per game on 50.6% from the floor while boasting the 5th-best 3-point percentage in the nation at 47%. The Cougars are also making good on 77.2% of their trips to the foul line this season.
Cornell is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Houston is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games. Houston may have only won their last game by one but they are still a solid team with some serious depth. Cornell is flat out struggling out of the gate and a date with a high power Cougars team won't help matters.
Give me Houston in a blowout.