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Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Houston Cougars Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Houston CougarsSouthern Miss Golden Eagles
Jan 12, 3:00 PM | Reed Green Coliseum

Houston Cougars vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles Odds

12-2TEAM RECORD12-4

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles host Houston on Saturday, looking to build on their 12-4 mark against the 12-2 Cougars in college hoops action at Reed Green Coliseum.

Southern Miss battles the Cougars, currently sitting with a 12-2 mark (4-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-6 for the Golden Eagles and 3-2 for the Cougars.

View Houston vs Southern Miss Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Golden Eagles in this one found them listed as 11.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Cougars was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Eagles sit at No. 23 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cougars sit at No. 182 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Golden Eagles will win this game 85-82.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cougars is ranked No. 17 in NCAA hoops at 41.3 per game. Contrast that with Southern Miss’s No. 192 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Southern Miss is the No. 190-ranked team in the country at 6 per game, while Houston rates No. 110 at 6.8 per game.

Defensively, Houston features the nation's No. 159-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.8 points per game. Southern Miss, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 nationally in scoring at home.

Houston was a 78-67 winner in their most recent outing at home against Southern Methodist. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Danuel House scored 28 points for Houston on Wednesday, leading the Cougars to a 78-67 win over Southern Methodist at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Southern Miss won its last outing, a 75-52 result against Rice on January 9. They covered in that game as a 12.5-point favorite. Southern Miss cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Rice out of the gym and running up a 75-52 score at Autry Court.

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing East Carolina are 5-5
After playing Southern Methodist are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

Southern Miss Golden Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Southern Methodist are 4-4
After playing Rice are 4-4
After a win are 8-2

A few Cougars at Golden Eagles trends to consider:
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Houston is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Southern Miss
Houston is 5-18 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Southern Miss is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Southern Miss is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Miss's last 6 games when playing Houston
Southern Miss is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at East Carolina, Wednesday, January 16
Southern Miss at Southern Methodist, Wednesday, January 16