Houston vs. Tulane - 2/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulane Green Wave (13-10) at Houston Cougars (18-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Health and PE Arena)
The Line: Houston Cougars -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Tulane Green Wave will travel to H&PE Arena to take on the Houston Cougars to take on the Houston Cougars this Sunday night in College Basketball action.
The Tulane Green Wave lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 13-10 (4-7 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 91-89 in OT, this past Thursday. Tulane allowed Tulsa to fight back to force OT after holding a double digit lead early in the 2nd half and couldn’t secure the victory after Tulsa’s Sterling Taplin hit the game winning jumper for Tulsa with just 0:08 seconds remaining. Tulsa shot 50.8% from the field and 36.4% (8-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Green Wave was Cameron Reynolds who had a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 2 steals. On the season, Tulane is averaging 75.7 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Green Wave are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tulane has been led by Melvin Frazier (16.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.4 spg), Cameron Reynolds (15.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.3 apg), Samir Sehic (10.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg), and Jordan Cornish (10.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.2 apg). Defensively, Tulane is allowing their opponents to average 73.6 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Green Wave have a rebound margin of -1.4 and a turnover margin of -0.9.
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The Houston Cougars won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-5 (8-3 AAC) on the season after defeating the SMU Mustangs, 67-58, this past Thursday. Houston was strong on the offensive side of the ball against the tough SMU defense and pulled away late after finishing the final 3:02 of regulation on a 6-1 run. Houston shot 45.1% from the field and 44.0% (11-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Rob Gray who had 15 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal. On the season, Houston is averaging 77.2 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Houston has been led by Rob Gray (18.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Corey Davis Jr. (12.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.0 apg), Devin Davis (10.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Armoni Brooks (9.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg). Defensively, Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of 1.1.
The Green Wave are 13-27-2 ATS in their last 42 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Cougars are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Tulane has lost 6 of their last 8 games and have struggled defensively as the Green Wave currently rank just 214th in scoring defense, 177th in defensive FG%, and 253rd in turnover margin. Houston has won 6 of their last 8 games and have been outstanding on both sides of the ball as the Cougars currently rank 91st in scoring offense, 38th in scoring defense, and 12th in defensive FG%. Houston is a perfect 11-0 at home and as I just don’t see Tulane having much success on the offensive end on the road in this one, I’m taking Houston to cover this large home spread.