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Houston Cougars face South Florida Bulls: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Houston CougarsSouth Florida Bulls
9-5January 04, 2014, 04:00 | Sun Dome9-5

Houston travels to South Florida on Saturday, hoping to boost its 9-5 record with a victory over the Bulls.

South Florida battles the Cougars, currently sitting with a 9-5 mark (5-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-7 for the Bulls and 2-7 for the Cougars.

View Houston Cougars vs South Florida Bulls Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with South Florida in this one found them as -5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 237-rated Houston taking on the No. 235-rated Bulls in this contest.

Houston was a 75-71 winner in its last match at home against Connecticut. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Houston earned a 75-71 victory over Connecticut on Tuesday, getting 23 points from TaShawn Thomas at Hofheinz Pavilion.

In their last action, South Florida was an 88-73 loser at home against Memphis. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. South Florida got 20 points and 14 rebounds from John Egbunu in a losing cause in their 88-73 loss to Memphis on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits South Florida's No. 196-ranked offense, averaging 69.79 PPG, against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 113 at 68.57 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 45.37% so far, less than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.22% per game.

A few Cougars at Bulls trends to consider:
Houston is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing South Florida
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against South Florida
South Florida is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home
South Florida is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
South Florida is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston home to Cincinnati, Tuesday, January 7th
South Florida at Temple, Thursday, January 9th