Houston Cougars (26-4) vs. Memphis Tigers (18-9)
March 6, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Memphis Tigers +2 / Houston Cougars -2; Over/Under: 141
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The 14th ranked Houston Cougars will travel to FedExForum to take on the Memphis Tigers this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 14th ranked Houston Cougars won their 6th straight game and improved to 26-4 on the season after defeating the Temple Owls, 84-46, this past Thursday. Houston dominated Temple on both ends of the court and easily pulled away in the 2nd half for the victory after taking a 49-33 lead with 14:29 left in regulation. Houston shot 53.1% from the field & 40.0% from beyond the arc while holding Temple to shoot 31.0% from the field & 25.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cougars was Fabian White Jr. who had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, & 2 steals.
ON the season, Houston is averaging 76.4 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 46.8% shooting from the field. Offensively, Houston has been led by Kyler Edwards (13.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), Fabian White Jr. (13.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.6 bpg), Josh Carlton (12.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.2 bpg), & Jamal Shead (9.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.8 spg).
Defensively, Houston is holding their opponents to an average of 58.4 ppg on 36.8% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 7.7 and a turnover margin of 3.5.
The Memphis Tigers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 18-9 on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 73-64, this past Thursday. Memphis did a great job winning the turnover battle against South Florida and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 61-46 lead with 2:39 left in regulation. Memphis shot 44.4% from the field & 30.0% from beyond the arc while allowing South Florida to shoot 43.1% from the field & 35.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jalen Duren who had a double-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, Memphis is averaging 76.1 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Memphis has been led by Jalen Duren (12.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.3 bpg), DeAndre Williams (11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Landers Nolley II (10.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg), & Lester Quinones (9.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Memphis is allowing their opponents to an average of 68.7 ppg on 39.4% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games, however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games at Memphis. The Tigers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games & 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Houston has been outstanding this season, led by a defense that comes into this matchup ranked 4th in scoring defense & 1st in defensive FG%, however, the Cougars always seem to have their issues with Memphis which included losing to the Tigers at home by a 69-59 margin earlier this season. Memphis has won 9 of their last 10 games and have been playing much better since getting some key players back from injury and as this is a huge game for the Tigers and their NCAA Tournament hopes, I think we see a strong performance from Memphis and they at worst, cover with the points. Good Luck!