The Blue Devils and Cougars are set to face off at 9:39 ET on CBS. The Cougars will host the game at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 134.5 points, and Houston is favored by -4 vs. Duke.


The Pick: Houston Cougars -4

This game will be played at American Airlines Center at 9:39 ET on Friday, March 29th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Cougars.
  • Not only will Houston pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Does Duke Have What it Takes on the Road?

Duke comes into their next game with a 26-8 record after defeating James Madison by a score of 93-55. In games played on the road, the Blue Devils have a record of 7-4, while they have a record of 18-4 in home games. As of today’s game, Duke holds a 19-14 ATS record. In road games, the Blue Devils are 5-6 vs. the spread, while at home they are 14-8 when it comes to covering.

In 34 games, Duke comes in with an over/under mark of 14-18-1, with their games averaging 146.8 points per game. When assessing the Blue Devils’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-2, with their games averaging 133 points per game.

In their latest game, Duke’s offense looked good, scoring 93 points against James Madison. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 52.4% and made 13/18 free throws. In terms of offense, the Blue Devils have a season-long field goal percentage of 48%, putting them 49th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 42nd in percentage and 83rd in three-pointers made.

The Blue Devils’ defense is presently ranked 37th nationally, allowing an average of 66.5 points per contest. The Duke defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 55 points and allowed James Madison to connect on 14 threes.

Will Houston Make it Happen at Home?

Today, Houston will play against Duke with a record of 31-4. It’s important to point out that the Cougars have been favored in every game they’ve played. As of today’s game, Houston has a current against the spread record of 18-16-2. In their last five games, they have gone 3-2 vs. the spread.

So far, Houston’s games have averaged 132.6 points per game with the average over/under line being 132.9 points. The Cougars’ have recorded an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 145 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Houston offense tallied 100 points in a matchup against Texas A&M. Their field goal percentage for the game was 51.5%, and they made 11 threes. Offensively, the Cougars have a season long field goal percentage of 43%, which is 253rd in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 133rd in percentage and 124th in three-pointers made.

This season, the Houston defense has been impressive, holding the 1st position in the country while permitting an average of 57.8 points per contest. Houston’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Texas A&M offense to knock down 51% of their shots on their way to putting up 95 points.