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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Cougars underdogs vs Mustangs at Houston

Southern Methodist MustangsHouston Cougars
15-4January 26, 2014, 03:00 | Hofheinz Pavilion11-8

The Houston Cougars will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Hofheinz Pavilion in NCAA basketball action.

Houston will face the 15-4 Mustangs, who own a 10-4-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cougars are 3-11 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Mustangs are 4-11 favoring the OVER.

View Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Mustangs were listed as -4-point favorites earlier in the day at Bovada.

This game puts the Cougars, most recently No. 282 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Mustangs, who rate No. 73 in the latest survey.

Southern Methodist won its last outing, a 70-56 result against Rutgers on January 21. They covered in that game as a 12.5-point favorite. Southern Methodist earned a 70-56 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday, getting 18 points from Markus Kennedy at Moody Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has the nation's No. 173-rated offensive output, at 70.53 PPG. The visiting Mustangs defense ranks No. 12 allowing on average 59.95 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 45% so far, less than the Mustangs marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.91% per game.

Next up:
Southern Methodist at South Florida, Tuesday, January 28th
Houston at Connecticut, Thursday, January 30th