Houston vs Auburn Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/18/23
Auburn Tigers (21-12) vs. Houston Cougars (31-3)
March 18, 2023 1:00 am EDT
The Line: Houston Cougars -7 / Auburn Tigers +7 ; Over/Under:
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The Auburn Tigers and the Houston Cougars meet Saturday in NCAA Tournament Second Round college basketball action from Legacy Arena. Auburn is currently 21-12 on the year. The Tigers beat Iowa in their tournament game on Thursday. As for Houston, they’re 32-3 on the season and coming off a win over Northern Kentucky. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Auburn posted a sketchy 3-4 run to finish off the regular season, falling to Alabama, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Alabama again along the way to a 20-11 record. The Tigers didn’t last long in the SEC Tournament, losing to Arkansas 76-73 last week.
The Tigers bounced back in a First Round matchup versus Iowa on Thursday. Auburn took a 31-26 edge into the second half, then went on a 52-49 run for an 83-75 victory. Both Johni Broome (19 points; 12 rebounds) and Allen Flanigan (10 points; 10 rebounds) doubled up.
Over on the Houston side, they went 29-2 in their regular-season campaign, finishing on an 11-game win streak. The Cougars then charged into the AAC Tournament, beating East Carolina 60-46 and Cincinnati 69-48. Houston ended up falling to Memphis 75-65, however.
In Thursday’s First Round tournament matchup versus Northern Kentucky, the Cougars were up 30-27 in the locker room. Houston hit a 33-25 stretch from there and took the win 63-52. Jarace Walker was the top scorer on 16 points and six rebounds.
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I’ll probably lean toward Auburn in this one. The Tigers limped into the postseason with some close losses down the stretch but the team has mostly been competitive. Auburn managed a nice victory over Iowa on Thursday to gain some momentum, shooting 46 percent from the floor with just seven turnovers. The Tigers were outmuscled 44-38 (14-8 offensive) on the boards, but the offense carried them through. As for Houston, they held the Norse to just 27.5 percent shooting in Thursday’s matchup and had a 42-33 rebounding edge. The Cougars had 17 turnovers and didn’t exactly play a dominant game, but they took care of business. Auburn will have their hands full, but I think the Tigers will cover.