Tigers vs. Cougars Prediction
The 11th-ranked Houston Cougars won in blowout fashion yesterday and will face the Memphis Tigers this afternoon in the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. Will Houston continue its stellar play and cover the spread again today?
Saturday, March 16, 2019
FedEx Forum at 3PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cougars are an 8.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 148.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 74 percent of public bets are being placed on Houston. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Tigers cruise past Knights
Memphis dominated Central Florida by a score of 79-55 Friday in the AAC Tournament quarterfinals to improve to 21-12 on the season. The Tigers led 37-27 at halftime and continued to pull away after the break. Memphis shot 26-of-57 from the floor, 8-of-27 from 3-point range plus 19-of-29 from the free throw line. Isaiah Maurice paced the Tigers with 21 points on 8-of-11 from the floor, 3-of-6 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also contributed three rebounds and three assists. Kyvon Davenport tallied 16 points, 11 boards and three steals. Jeremiah Martin added 13 points, four assists, three caroms and two steals.
Cougars crush Huskies
Houston advanced to the AAC Tournament semifinals Friday afternoon with an 84-45 victory over UConn. The Cougars led 39-25 at halftime before continuing to roll in the second half. Houston shot 32-of-69 from the field, 10-of-23 from 3-point range and 10-of-13 at the charity stripe. Corey Davis Jr. led the way with 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting including 5-of-11 from 3-point distance plus 5-of-5 at the free throw line. He also registered four rebounds and two assists. Galen Robinson Jr. had 16 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals. Nate Hinton recorded 15 points, five boards, three steals and two assists off the bench. Armoni Brooks added 11 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tigers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games. Memphis is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games overall.
The Cougars are 7-1 ATS in their last eight neutral site games. Houston is 34-16-2 ATS in its last 52 games overall.
Memphis has really come on strong late in the season and beat a strong Central Florida team to reach this point. The Tigers love to push the tempo with the six-fastest pace in the nation and if its offense is efficient, should be able to keep this one close. Memphis lost 90-77 earlier in the season to Houston, but that was on the road and all the way back on January 6. Expect this one to be closer as the Tigers are playing full of confidence.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: MEMPHIS TIGERS +8.5