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South Florida Bulls take on Cougars in NCAA basketball test

South Florida BullsHouston Cougars
12-17March 04, 2014, 08:30 | Hofheinz Pavilion15-14

The Houston Cougars host South Florida on Tuesday, looking to build on their 15-14 mark against the 12-17 Bulls in college hoops action at Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cougars are 15-14 so far on the season, and 13-11 ATS vs. the number. The Bulls, meanwhile, are 12-17 and 11-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Houston go 9-15 and the Bulls go 9-16 on the totals.

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Houston opened as -5.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cougars rated this week at No. 273 and the Bulls sitting at No. 305.

Last time out for South Florida, they were a 74-73 loser as they battled Rutgers on the road. They covered in the match as a 4-point underdog. Victor Rudd scored 26 points for South Florida on Saturday, but the Scarlet Knights managed a 74-73 victory over the Bulls at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Houston was an 89-79 winner in its last match on the road against Temple. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. TaShawn Thomas scored 24 points leading the Cougars to an 89-79 victory over Temple at Liacouras Center on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulls is ranked No. 121 in NCAA hoops at 35.52 per game. Contrast that with Houston’s No. 163 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Houston is the No. 128-ranked team in the country at 6.1 per game, while South Florida rates No. 254 at 3.17 per game.

Next up:
South Florida home to Temple, Saturday, March 8th
Houston at Central Florida, Friday, March 7th