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Houston Cougars host Texas State Bobcats in college basketball action

Texas State BobcatsHouston Cougars
12-22November 08, 2013, 09:00 | Hofheinz Pavilion20-13

The Houston Cougars will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Texas State Bobcats at Hofheinz Pavilion on Friday in NCAA hoops play.

Houston will face the 12-22 Bobcats, who own a 16-15 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cougars are 17-7 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bobcats are 14-13-1 favoring the OVER.

View Texas State Bobcats vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Houston sat as -8.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 211-rated Texas State taking on the No. 130-rated Cougars in this contest.

In their last action, Texas State was a 74-65 loser on the road against New Mexico State. They covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. Texas State got 17 points from Joel Wright but lost anyway, 74-65, to New Mexico State on Friday at Orleans Arena.

Last time out for Houston, they were an 88-84 loser as they battled George Mason on the road. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. TaShawn Thomas poured in 24 points and added 17 rebounds in a losing cause for Houston on Monday, as the Patriots rolled to an 88-84 victory over Houston at Patriot Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 4 nationally ranked offense (78.12 points per game) against a Bobcats defense that sits as the No. 240 at 75.24 PPG. The Cougars have been averaging 46.41% from the field, more than the Bobcats have managed so far this season (42% on average).

A few Bobcats at Cougars trends to consider:
Texas State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Texas State is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas State's last 9 games
Texas State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Houston is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Houston's last 14 games
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Texas State home to Stephen F. Austin, Tuesday, November 12th
Houston at Texas-Pan American, Monday, November 11th