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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Cougars College Hoops Game Preview

Rutgers Scarlet KnightsHouston Cougars
8-9January 19, 2014, 01:00 | Hofheinz Pavilion10-7

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Houston vs Rutgers battle Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion as the Cougars look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Houston will face the 8-9 Scarlet Knights, who own a 8-7 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cougars are 3-9 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Scarlet Knights are 9-6 favoring the OVER.

View Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Cougars installed as -5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Cougars - Scarlet Knights odds would favor the Scarlet Knights if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Houston is rated No. 215 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Rutgers is at No. 212.

In their last action, Rutgers was an 85-75 winner at home against Central Florida. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. Rutgers got 25 points from Myles Mack en route to an 85-75 victory over Central Florida on Wednesday at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Scarlet Knights rank No. 91 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.06 per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 120 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Houston is college basketball's No. 170-ranked team at 5.71 per game, while the Scarlet Knights rate No. 95 with 6.65 per game.

A few Scarlet Knights at Cougars trends to consider:
Rutgers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Rutgers is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Rutgers is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Rutgers's last 13 games on the road
Houston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Houston is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
Rutgers at Southern Methodist, Tuesday, January 21st
Houston at Memphis, Thursday, January 23rd