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College basketball point spread favors Tigers in battle with Cougars

Houston CougarsMemphis Tigers
11-7January 23, 2014, 08:00 | FedExForum13-4

The Houston Cougars will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Tigers in Memphis at FedExForum on Thursday in college basketball action.

The Cougars will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 8-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Tigers are 8-6 ATS. Houston is 3-10 on the totals; Memphis is 4-9.

View Houston Cougars vs Memphis Tigers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Tigers in this one found them listed as -13.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Thursday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Cougars was expected to move the line.

The Tigers - Cougars odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Memphis is rated No. 52 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 282.

Houston was a 77-55 winner in its last match at home against Rutgers. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. Houston cruised to victory on Sunday, running Rutgers out of the gym and running up a 77-55 score at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Memphis was a 101-78 winner in their most recent outing at home against Lemoyne-Owen. Memphis cruised to victory on Saturday, running Lemoyne-Owen out of the gym and running up a 101-78 score at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Memphis's No. 22 nationally ranked offense (80.71 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 100 at 68.06 PPG. The Tigers have been averaging 47.74% from the field, more than the Cougars have managed so far this season (45.14% on average).

Next up:
Houston home to Southern Methodist, Sunday, January 26th
Memphis at South Florida, Sunday, January 26th