NCAA hoops odds preview - Marshall vs. Houston
Marshall Thundering Herd vs Houston Cougars Odds
Marshall travels to Houston on Saturday, hoping to boost its 12-16 record with a victory over the Cougars.
The Cougars are 15-11 so far on the season, and 8-8-1 ATS vs. the number. The Thundering Herd, meanwhile, are 12-16 and 5-17-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 12-5 and the Thundering Herd go 10-10 on the totals.
The Thundering Herd were listed as 2.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Cougars at No. 138 and the Thundering Herd at No. 179 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 76-69 result in favor of the Cougars.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has the nation's No. 18-rated offensive output, at 76.8 PPG. The visiting Thundering Herd defense ranks No. 275 allowing on average 71 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 45.4% so far, more than the Thundering Herd marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.2% per game.
Defensively, Marshall features the nation's No. 344-rated defense on the road, allowing 80.9 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 19 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Marshall, they were a 52-48 loser as they battled UAB at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Marshall suffered a 52-48 loss against UAB on Saturday, getting 18 points from Elijah Pittman in a losing effort at Cam Henderson Center.
Houston was a 63-53 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Texas El Paso. They earned a push of the 10-point spread as underdogs. Joseph Young scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Cougars to a win (they lost 63-53 to Texas El Paso at Haskins Center on Wednesday).
Marshall Thundering Herd Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Southern Miss are 6-4
After playing UAB are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Rice are 3-7
After playing Texas El Paso are 1-9
After a loss are 4-6
A few Thundering Herd at Cougars trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Marshall's last 7 games on the road
Marshall is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Marshall is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games at home
Houston is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Marshall
Marshall home to Southern Miss, Tuesday, March 5
Houston home to Rice, Wednesday, March 6