Memphis at Houston
|Date & Time||Sunday January 6, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)|
Houston Cougars -10 -- Over/Under: 145
The Memphis Tigers and the Houston Cougars meet in AAC conference college basketball action from the Fertitta Center on Sunday evening.
The Memphis Tigers come into this game looking for a big road win to build on their current 4-game winning streak after an 85-74 win over Wichita State in their last outing. Kyvon Davenport led the Tigers with 25 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a 9 of 11 mark from the foul line while Antwann Jones added 16 points and Jeremiah Martin chipped in 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Tigers in the winning effort. Alex Lomax added 8 points with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 5 assists as well as 3 steals in the win while Kareem Brewton Jr. had 9 points with 3 steals and Mike Parks Jr. had 8 points with 3 steals and a pair of blocks. Davenport leads the Tigers with an average of 15.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while Martin leads Memphis in the assists department with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Memphis is averaging 85.1 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.
The Houston Cougars will look for a win at home to remain undefeated after climbing to 14-0 with a 74-56 win over Tulsa in their last outing. Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars with 21 points on 6 of 11 shooting from behind the arc with 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Nate Hinton added 13 points with 8 rebounds and Galen Robinson Jr. added 10 points with a team-high 6 assists to round out the group of scorers in double figures for Houston in the win. Armoni Brooks added 8 points and a team-high 10 rebounds as well in the victory for the Cougars. Davis Jr. leads the Cougars in scoring with 15.8 points per game while Robinson Jr. leads Houston in assists with 5.4 assists per game and Brooks leads the Cougars on the glass with 7.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Houston is averaging 74.4 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the arc and 72.4% from the foul line this season. The Houston Cougars are also tough on defense, giving up the 6th-fewest points per game in the country, allowing just 57.9 points per game this season while also holding their opponents to 35.4% shooting from the field and 25.9% from behind the 3-point line, 2nd and 3rd in the country respectively.
Memphis is 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Houston is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 conference games while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall. Memphis is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings between these two teams in Houston.
This is a lot of points to lay with Houston considering how well the Tigers have played lately, both overall and on the road, and when you factor in how much success Memphis has had against the spread in this matchup. However, I went against Houston when they played Tulsa as I thought the Golden Hurricane would keep it close, and the Cougars won by 17. Houston is for real and while they probably won’t go undefeated, Houston has shown that they’re a force to be reckoned with at home, winning their last 4 home games by double digits and outscoring teams by 17.2 points per game this season. This game is probably best left alone, but if forced to pick, I’d lay the points with Houston at home here.