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Houston vs. Tulsa - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (10-3) at Houston Cougars (13-0)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Houston Cougars -11 -- Over/Under: 132.5
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Houston Cougars meet in AAC conference college basketball action from the Fertitta Center on Wednesday night.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will look for another road win to add to their current 5-game winning streak after a 69-59 win over Oral Roberts in their last outing. Martins Igbanu and DaQuan Jeffries tied for the team-high with 16 points apiece as the only Tulsa scorers in double figures in the win. Igbanu shot 6 of 10 with 7 rebounds while Jeffries shot 5 of 10 with 3 threes. Sterling Taplin added 7 points along with team-highs of 8 rebounds and 6 assists as well in the winning effort. Jeffries leads Tulsa in scoring with 13.6 points per game while Igbanu leads the Golden Hurricane in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game and Taplin leads Tulsa in assists with 5.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 72.3 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the 3-point line and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

The Houston Cougars will look for another win to remain unbeaten after improving to 13-0 with an 80-59 win over NJIT in their last outing. Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars with 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 5 threes while Dejon Jarreau added 13 points and Brison Gresham added 11 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor with 7 rebounds. Armoni Brooks added 10 points to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Houston in the winning effort. Galen Robinson Jr. added 8 points and 7 rebounds of his own while Nate Hinton dished out a team-high 5 assists in 21 minutes on the floor. Davis Jr. leads Houston in scoring with 15.4 points per game while Brooks leads the Cougars in rebounding with 7.2 rebounds per game and Galen Robinson Jr. leads Houston in assists with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Houston is averaging 74.5 points per game on 44.1% shooting from the field, 32.9% from behind the arc and 71.4% from the foul line this season. The Cougars are also extremely tough defensively, allowing the 9th-fewest points per game in D-I, giving up just 58.1 points per game, while allowing their opponents to shoot 35.8% from the field and 25.8% from behind the arc, 3rd and 5th in the country respectively.

Tulsa is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 10-4-1 in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record. Houston is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games overall while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win. The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

Houston has been strong at home this season, and have been one of the best in the country defensively. However, Tulsa has been solid in their own right and haven’t been afraid to go on the road in tough environments and hang with some solid opposition. I’m not saying Tulsa wins this outright, but the Golden Hurricane definitely have enough to keep this one within single digits so I’ll take Tulsa and the points in this one.

Tulsa +11

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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