Houston at Tulsa
|Date & Time||Sunday January 27, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Donald Reynolds Center
Houston Cougars -6 -- Over/Under: 138
The Houston Cougars and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane meet in an AAC college basketball matchup from the Donald Reynolds Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Houston Cougars will look to build on their current 4-game winning streak after a 94-50 thrashing of East Carolina in their last outing. Armoni Brooks led the Cougars with 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 5 threes and 6 rebounds while Nate Hinton added 13 points with a team-high 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of blocks. Cedrick Alley Jr. and Corey Davis Jr. each had 12 points with 4 threes while Fabian White Jr. added 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Houston in the win. Breaon Brady added 6 points and 7 rebounds while Galen Robinson Jr. had 5 points and a team-high 8 assists as well in the winning effort. Davis Jr. leads Houston in scoring with 15 points per game while Brooks leads the Cougars on the glass with 6.4 rebounds per game and Robinson Jr. leads Houston in assists with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Houston is averaging 75.6 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 35% from 3-point range and 73.2% from the foul line this season. The Cougars are also rock solid defensively, giving up just 60 points per game, the 6th-fewest in the country, while also sitting 2nd in the nation in terms of field goal percentage against and 3-point percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.1% and 25.9% respectively this season.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane come into this one looking to rebound after back-to-back losses and defeats in 4 of their last 5 and 5 of their last 7 after an 88-64 thumping at the hands of Cincinnati in their last outing. Sterling Taplin led the Golden Hurricane with 12 points on 4 of 13 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 7 assists while DaQuan Jeffries added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Martins Igbanu, Curran Scott and Darien Jackson each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Tulsa in the loss, with Igbanu pulling down a team-high 7 rebounds while Scott had a pair of triples and Jackson shot 5 of 10 from the floor in defeat. Jeffries leads Tulsa with an average of 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while Taplin leads the Golden Hurricane in assists with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 70.6 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.
Houston is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 23-9-2 ATS in their last 34 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record. Tulsa is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Houston is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Houston hasn’t had very much luck over the years in Tulsa, as the Cougars had lost their last 7 trips to the Donald Reynolds Center before winning in their last trip in February 2017, so a case could be made for Tulsa and the points considering how the Golden Hurricane can get after it defensively, especially at home. However, Houston already owns an 18-point win over Tulsa from just after New Year’s, and have won back-to-back road games against SMU and USF by a combined 20 points. The Cougars have also been solid ATS on the road dating back to last season, so I’ll lay the points with Houston in this spot.