Tulane vs. Tulsa - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-5) at Tulane Green Wave (10-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Devlin Fieldhouse)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave -2.5 -- Over/Under: 148 See the Latest Odds
We have some college basketball action out of the American Conference as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane face off against the Tulane Green Wave.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will try to keep the momentum going after winning 4 of their last 5 games, including their conference opener by a final score of 79-53 over East Carolina last time out. Junior Etou led the team with 20 points on 8 of 18 shooting with 3 triples and a team-high 14 rebounds for the double-double. Lawson Korita came 2nd with 12 points, while Corey Henderson Jr. added 11 points and Geno Artison chipped in 10 to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Golden Hurricane. Sterling Taplin scored 8 points and added a team-high 4 assists and 4 steals, while Martins Igbanu added 5 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort for Tulsa. Etou leads the team with an average of 18.2 points and 7 rebounds per game while Taplin is the team’s leading assist man with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulsa is scoring 76.2 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the arc and 71.2% from the foul line this season.
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The Tulane Green Wave will look to build on their 85-75 conference opening win to build on their current 3 game winning streak. Melvin Frzier led the team with 25 points on 9 of 13 shooting with a team-high 7 assists and 3 steals. Cameron Reynolds came 2nd with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double, while Blake Paul added 12 points. Ray Ona Embo chipped in 11 points, 5 assists and 3 steals to finish off the scoring in double digits for Tulane, while Caleb Daniels added 8 points and a pair of blocks. Frazier leads the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game, while Reynolds leads the way in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game and Jordan Cornish is the team’s leading assist man with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulane is scoring 77.9 points per game on 47% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the arc and 72.8% from the foul line this season.
Tulsa is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win. Tulane is 10-27-3 ATS in their last 40 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 home games. Tulsa is 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.
Tulane’s start to the season is a nice story for the Green Wave heading into conference play, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re still hard to trust ATS, even on their home floor where you’re usually supposed to do your best work. Tulsa has also had the bulk of the success in this matchup not to mention a large amount of it in Tulane’s backyard, so I’ll take the points as I see Tulsa winning this outright.