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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Mean Green underdogs vs Golden Hurricane at Tulsa

North Texas Mean GreenTulsa Golden Hurricane
11-9February 01, 2014, 04:05 | Reynolds Center9-11

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Mean Green of North Texas hit the hard court against the Golden Hurricane of Tulsa.

Tulsa will face the 11-9 Mean Green, who own a 7-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Golden Hurricane are 7-10 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Mean Green are 4-9 favoring the OVER.

View North Texas Mean Green vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Tulsa sat as -10.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Golden Hurricane sit at No. 93 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Mean Green sit at No. 199 on the same chart.

Last time out for North Texas, they were a 70-63 loser as they battled Middle Tennessee at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. North Texas suffered a 70-63 loss against Middle Tennessee on Saturday, getting 16 points from Jordan Williams in a losing effort at The Super Pit.

Tulsa was a 70-63 loser in their most recent outing at home against UAB. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Tulsa suffered a 70-63 loss against UAB on Saturday, getting 12 points from James Woodard in a losing effort at Reynolds Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Tulsa's No. 116-ranked scoring average of 73 PPG, against a Mean Green defense rated No. 187 and allowing 72.45 PPG. The Golden Hurricane FG% has averaged 43.25% to date this season, more than the Mean Green shooters have managed so far (43.2% per game).

A few Mean Green at Golden Hurricane trends to consider:
North Texas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Texas's last 6 games
North Texas is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
North Texas is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games on the road
Tulsa is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Tulsa is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Tulsa is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Tulsa is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
North Texas at Rice, Thursday, February 6th
Tulsa at Louisiana Tech, Thursday, February 6th