Cougars vs. Mustangs Prediction
The Houston Cougars bounced back from their first loss of the season with a victory the last time out. Is 21st-ranked Houston going to win again tonight as it returns to action at the Southern Methodist Mustangs?
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Moody Coliseum at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the spread line for this contest is set at a pick'em. The over-under sits at 137 points. As of Wednesday morning, 64 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Houston. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Cougars post win over Shockers
Following its first loss of the season, Houston rebounded with a 79-70 home victory Saturday night over Wichita State. The Cougars (15-1, 3-1) outscored the Shockers 46-33 in the second half after trailing by five at halftime. Houston shot 25-of-51 from the floor, 9-of-25 on 3-point attempts and 20-of-29 at the free throw line. Corey Davis Jr. paced the Cougars with 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting including 4-of-11 from 3-point distance plus 4-of-5 at the free throw line. He also contributed four rebounds and two assists. Armoni Brooks accounted for 14 points along with five rebounds and two steals. Dejon Jarreau tallied 13 points and two boards off the bench. Fabian White Jr. added 12 points, two caroms and two blocked shots.
Mustangs cruise past Tulsa
Southern Methodist secured a 77-57 home win over the Golden Hurricane Saturday night to improve to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in conference action. The Mustangs led 38-27 at halftime and rolled from there. Southern Methodist shots 25-of-61 from the floor, 13-of-32 from 3-point range and 14-of-16 on free throw attempts. Jahmal McMurray led the way with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting including 6-of-11 on 3-point tries plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also pulled down four rebounds. Ethan Chargois scored 18 points to go with five rebounds and two steals. Jimmy Whitt Jr. added 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
The Cougars are 20-9-2 ATS in their last 31 games overall. Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last seven road games.
The Mustangs are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games. Southern Methodist is 4-9-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Southern Methodist is good defensively, but really struggles on offensive and that doesn't look promising against a Houston squad that is 16th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency. The Cougars won by 13 last season at SMU and doesn't seem to be fazed by its loss considering the strong performance against Wichita State. Go with Houston here.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON COUGARS PICK'EM