LSU vs. Houston Prediction
The 24th-ranked Houston Cougars will be tested on their home court tonight as they face the LSU Tigers. Can Houston remain unbeaten as the small favorites or is LSU going to send the hosts to its first defeat?
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Fertitta Arena at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cougars are a 3.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 141.5 points. As of Wednesday afternoon, 62 percent of public bets are being placed on host Houston. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.
LSU dominates Incarnate Word
Louisiana State cruised to a 91-50 victory Sunday over Incarnate Word to improve to 7-2 on the season. The Tigers led 51-29 at halftime in what became a rout very early. LSU shot 34-of-61 from the floor including 10-of-26 on 3-point attempts plus 13-of-17 at the free throw line. Naz Reid helped lead the Tigers with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting plus seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Ja'Vonte Smart contributed 16 points, five assists, three boards and two steals. Kavell Bigby-Williams tallied 14 points off the bench plus 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Skylar Mays added 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Cougars down Cowboys by double digits
Houston moved to 8-0 on the season Saturday night with a 63-53 win at Oklahoma State. The Cougars held a 36-30 advantage at halftime and continued to play well in the second half. Armoni Brooks paced Houston with 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting to go with eight rebounds. Corey Davis Jr. had 14 points, second caroms and three dimes. Breaon Brady added 10 points and eight rebounds. The Cougars shot 25-of-61 from the floor including 12-of-34 from 3-point distance, while holding the Cowboys to 20-of-57 shooting and 7-of-22 from 3-point range.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Tigers are 1-7-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. LSU is 2-5-1 ATS in its last eight games overall.
The Cougars are 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games overall. Houston is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games versus Southeastern Conference opponents.
The Tigers have struggled considerably on the road and I don't think that changes here against a tough Houston squad. LSU does possess a team that is efficient on offense, but on the road against a team that hangs its hat on defense will be too much I think. I'm taking the Cougars and giving the points, while an alternate bet if you want to go a different route could be on the under as I think defense will play a big role in a Houston win.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: HOUSTON COUGARS -3.5