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NCAA hoops odds preview - Houston vs. Tulsa

Houston CougarsTulsa Golden Hurricane
Feb 16, 4:30 PM | Reynolds Center

Houston Cougars vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Odds

15-8TEAM RECORD13-11

The visiting Houston Cougars hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Reynolds Center against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

The Golden Hurricane sit at 13-11 (12-8 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Cougars are currently 15-8 (7-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Tulsa is 8-9 OU, and Houston is 10-4 OU.

View Houston vs Tulsa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Golden Hurricane as 4.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Golden Hurricane, most recently No. 109 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cougars, who rate No. 164 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 76-70 victory for the Cougars.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tulsa's No. 222 nationally ranked offense (65.7 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 282 at 71.1 PPG. The Golden Hurricane have been averaging 43.3% from the field, less than the Cougars have managed so far this season (46.2% on average).

Defensively, Houston features the nation's No. 290-rated defense on the road, allowing 75 points per game. Tulsa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 285 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 79-61 winner as they battled Texas El Paso at home. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. TaShawn Thomas scored 24 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double, leading Houston over Texas El Paso, 79-61, on Wednesday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Tulsa was a 74-70 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Texas El Paso. They covered the 11-point spread as underdogs. Tulsa got 25 points from D'Andre Wright en route to a 74-70 victory over Texas El Paso on Saturday at Haskins Center.

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Texas El Paso are 1-9
After a win are 6-4

Tulsa Golden Hurricane Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing East Carolina are 5-4
After playing Texas El Paso are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

A few Cougars at Golden Hurricane trends to consider:
Houston is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Tulsa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tulsa's last 5 games at home
Tulsa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Tulsa is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Houston
Tulsa is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Memphis, Wednesday, February 20
Tulsa home to East Carolina, Wednesday, February 20