Tigers vs. Cougars Prediction
The 19th-ranked Houston Cougars are unbeaten on the season going into today's contest at home versus the Memphis Tigers. Is Houston going to keep its flawless season intact with another win?
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Fertitta Center at 6PM ET
TV: ESPN News
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cougars are an 8-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 152 points. As of Sunday morning, 52 percent of public bets are siding with visiting Memphis. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Tigers win conference opener
Memphis won its fourth consecutive game and American Athletic Conference opener Thursday night with an 85-74 home triumph over Wichita State. The Tigers (9-5) established a 44-32 halftime advantage on its way to the win. Memphis shot 28-of-56 from the floor, 4-of-14 from 3-point range and 25-of-31 at the free throw line. Kyvon Davenport paced the Tigers with 25 points off the bench on 7-of-11 shooting including 2-of-4 from 3-point range plus 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. Antwann Jones tallied 16 points in 21 minutes. Jeremiah Martin added 11 points, three dimes and two boards.
Cougars cruise past Tulsa
Houston secured a 74-56 home win Wednesday night over the Golden Hurricane to open AAC play with its 14th straight win. Houston led 36-25 at halftime and continued to roll from there. The Cougars shot 25-of-70 from the floor, 10-of-30 from 3-point distance and 14-of-16 at the free throw line. Corey Davis Jr. paced Houston with 21 points on 6-of-16 shooting including 6-of-11 from 3-point range plus 3-of-3 at the free throw line. Nate Hinton registered 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench. Galen Robinson Jr. added 10 points and six assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tigers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Memphis is 6-0-1 ATS in its last seven road games.
The Cougars are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games. Houston is 19-7-2 ATS in its last 28 games overall.
The Cougars have six wins against top-100 teams this season with three of them being by double digits. Memphis is on the back end of the top 100 and does have two wins over top 100 teams of its own, but both of those contests were on its home floor. The Tigers are likely to continue getting better under first-year head coach Penny Hardaway, but right now they aren't quite in the same league as Houston. Look for the Cougars to take advantage of shoddy Memphis defense and pull away here.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON COUGARS -8