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Houston vs. South Florida - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Florida at Houston
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Fertitta Center
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Cougars -13 -- O/U: 132
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The South Florida Bulls and the Houston Cougars meet in AAC college basketball action from the Fertitta Center on Saturday evening.

The South Florida Bulls will look to rebound from back-to-back losses following a 70-69 overtime loss to Temple in their last outing. Laquincy Rideau led the Bulls with 16 points along with a team-high 5 assists while David Collins came right behind with 15 points and Xavier Castaneda chipped in 11 points with a pair of steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for USF in the losing effort. Alexis Yetna and Michael Durr each had 8 points with Yetna adding a team-high 13 rebounds and a pair of steals while Durr had 11 boards and a pair of blocks. Collins leads South Florida in scoring with 15.4 points per game while Rideau leads the Bulls in assists with 5.7 helpers per game and Yetna leads South Florida in rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 12.3 points to go along with his team-leading 10 boards per game this season. As a team, South Florida is averaging 72.7 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 63.4% from the foul line this season.

The Houston Cougars will look to build on their current 10-game winning streak after an 85-50 win over Tulane in their last outing. Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars with 26 points on 9 of 16 shooting with 8 threes while Armoni Brooks added 24 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 6 threes and 6 rebounds as the only other Houston player to score in double figures in the winning effort. Galen Robinson Jr. dished out a team-high 9 assists while Brison Gresham grabbed a team-high 9 rebounds in the win as well. Davis Jr. leads Houston in scoring with 15.7 points per game while Robinson Jr. leads the Cougars in assists with 5.4 assists per game and Brooks leads Houston in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Houston is averaging 75.4 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 72.7% from the foul line this season. The Cougars are also one of the toughest teams defensively in the country, allowing the 5th-fewest points per game, giving up 60.3 points per game on 36.4% shooting from the field and 27.2% from 3-point range, the 2nd-lowest field goal percentage against and 3rd-lowest 3-point percentage against in the country this season.

South Florida is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Houston is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 36-17-2 ATS in their last 55 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. South Florida is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

South Florida has been a money making machine ATS on the road, so it’s always tough to go against the Bulls when you’re getting this many points. However, South Florida blew a chance to pick up a solid win over Temple by choking at the free throw line, and that kind of disappointment has a tendency to carry over at least for a game, and that isn’t something that you want when you’re taking on one of the best teams in the country like Houston. The Cougars can score and also lock you down defensively, as South Florida saw when the Cougars beat them by 9 points in their own building this season. Houston has been solid at home and I think the Cougars put forth a statement win and cover here.

Pick:
Houston -13

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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