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Houston Cougars host Memphis Tigers in college basketball action

Memphis TigersHouston Cougars
21-6February 27, 2014, 09:00 | Hofheinz Pavilion13-14

The Houston Cougars hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Memphis Tigers pay a visit to Hofheinz Pavilion on the college basketball betting menu.

Houston will face the 21-6 Tigers, who own a 13-10-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cougars are 8-14 on the OU so far this season while the Tigers are 9-14.

View Memphis Tigers vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Cougars in this one found them listed as 6.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Thursday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Tigers was expected to move the line.

This game matches up the No. 300 (Cougars) and the No. 50 (Tigers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Memphis, they were an 82-79 winner as they battled Temple at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 14-point favorite. Memphis got 20 points from Shaq Goodwin en route to an 82-79 victory over Temple on Saturday at FedExForum.

Houston was an 88-84 winner in their most recent outing at home against Central Florida. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Cougars grabbed an 88-84 win over the Knights on Saturday, behind an 18 -point effort from Danuel House at Hofheinz Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has the nation's No. 165-rated offensive output, at 69.81 PPG. The visiting Tigers defense ranks No. 127 allowing on average 69.74 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 45.09% so far, less than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.67% per game.

A few Tigers at Cougars trends to consider:
Memphis is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Memphis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 7 games
Memphis is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Houston is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Houston is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
Houston is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next up:
Memphis home to Louisville, Saturday, March 1st
Houston at Temple, Saturday, March 1st