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Rutgers Scarlet Knights host Houston Cougars in college basketball action

Houston CougarsRutgers Scarlet Knights
11-10February 01, 2014, 04:30 | Louis Brown Athletic Center8-13

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Rutgers vs Houston battle Saturday at Louis Brown Athletic Center as the Scarlet Knights look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Cougars will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-8 ATS against the number this season, while the Scarlet Knights are 8-11 ATS. Houston is 4-12 on the totals; Rutgers is 11-8.

View Houston Cougars vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Cougars were listed as 3.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 269-rated Houston taking on the No. 222-rated Scarlet Knights in this contest.

Last time out for Rutgers, they were an 88-82 loser as they battled Temple on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. Kadeem Jack scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Scarlet Knights to a win (they lost 88-82 to Temple at Liacouras Center on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Rutgers's No. 97-ranked scoring average of 74.14 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 128 and allowing 69.62 PPG. The Scarlet Knights FG% has averaged 43.43% to date this season, less than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (44.11% per game).

A few Cougars at Scarlet Knights trends to consider:
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Rutgers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Rutgers is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Rutgers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Louisville, Wednesday, February 5th
Rutgers at Memphis, Tuesday, February 4th