Check out our free Houston vs Tulane pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in New Orleans. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Houston vs Tulane Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds

Cougars vs Green Wave Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Houston Cougars at Tulane Green Wave
  • Where: New Orleans at Devlin Fieldhouse
  • Date: Tuesday, January 17th
  • Betting Odds: Houston -9.5, HOU -514 | TULANE +378 O/U 147.5

Cougars Preview:

The Houston will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 8 game win streak and have an overall record of 17-1. On the road, the Cougars will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 6-0. So far, the Cougars have been favored 18 times, going 17-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Houston as -9.5 point favorites.

Houston will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marcus Sasser who is averaging 16.61 points per game for the Cougars. Sasser is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Cougars’ offensive game plan is the play of Tramon Mark who has hit 42.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.22 points per game.

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Houston comes into today’s matchup vs Tulane, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.8 points per game. Through 18 games, they have hit 46.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Cougars have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 621st in possessions per game.

Green Wave Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Houston, the Tulane Green Wave will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 12-5. So far this season, Tulane has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-3. For the season, Tulane has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 2-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Green Wave being +9.5 point underdogs.

Tulane will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jaylen Forbes who is averaging 19.18 points per game for the Green Wave. Forbes is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Green Wave’s offensive game plan is the play of Kevin Cross who has hit 51.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.59 points per game.

On offense, Tulane comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 392nd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Green Wave’s are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.1 points per game. So far, 38.63% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.4%.

Free Spread Prediction: Tulane Green Wave +9.5

If you’re deciding whether to down a bet vs the spread in this matchup, we recommend taking the Tulane Green Wave to cover as +9.5 point underdogs. One thing that often causes problems for team’s who are heavy underdogs is when they are matched up against a team that can dictate the pace of play. However, both Tulane and Houston come into today’s game near the NCAA average in possessions per game. Given that style of place won’t be an issue for the Green Wave and the fact that they have 3-2 vs the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we like them to cover the spread on their home floor.

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