Planning on watching today’s Cougars and Longhorns game? Catch the action at Moody Center in Austin, TX, as the Longhorns hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on ESPN. Houston is favored by -5 in this Big 12 conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 129.5 points.

HOUSTON COUGARS VS TEXAS LONGHORNS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Texas Longhorns +5

This game will be played at Moody Center at 9:00 ET on Monday, January 29th.

WHY BET THE TEXAS LONGHORNS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-69 in favor of the Longhorns.
  • Not only will Texas pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 129.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.

Will Houston Win on the Road?

Entering the game, Houston has an 18-2 record, including a 5-2 mark in Big 12 play. They have won four straight games, and their record as the favorite is 17-2. On the road, the Cougars are 4-2 this season, and their average scoring margin is +3.7 points per game.

In their last game, Houston defeated Kansas State by a score of 74-52. Over their last 10 road games, the Cougars have gone 8-2. On the season, they are a perfect 13-0 at home, and their average scoring margin is +31.0 points per game at home.

As the favorite this season, Houston has gone 11-8 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars are 6-4. On the road, they have an ATS mark of 2-4 this year, and over their last 10 road games, they are 2-7 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Houston games is 6-13, and today’s line of 129.5 is lower than the average OU line of 133.3. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 122 points.

The Cougars’ offense finished with 74 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 74 points per contest. LJ Cryer is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 15.2 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Emanuel Sharp brings a PPG average of 12.2 into the game.

At present, the Cougars’ defense is nationally ranked 1st, allowing 51.9 points per game. Against Kansas State in their most recent game, the Houston defense gave up a total of 52 points while allowing Kansas State to hit 40% of their shots.

Can Texas Lock in a Home Win?

After a loss to BYU, the Texas Longhorns are 14-6 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play. At home, Texas is 11-3 this season and has gone 8-2 in their last 10 games at home.

So far this season, the Longhorns have been the underdog in five games, going 2-3 in those matchups. As the underdog, Texas has an average scoring margin of -3.2 points per game.

As the underdog, Texas has gone 2-3 vs. the spread this season and 4-6 over their last 10 games as the underdog. At home, the Longhorns are just 4-10 vs. the spread this year and 3-7 over their last 10 home games. Overall, Texas is just 6-14 ATS this season.

Today’s over/under line of 129.5 is lower than the average OU line in Texas’ games this season (146.2). So far, 17 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 146 points.

The Longhorns’ offense wrapped up their last game with 72 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 76.8 points per contest. Dylan Disu led the scoring for the Longhorns, contributing 19 points. Additionally, Chendall Weaver chipped in with 15 points.

In the current season, the Texas defense has excelled, sitting 86th in the nation by allowing 67.8 points per game. Texas’ three-point defense is currently 79th in the country at 6.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.8% of their shots vs. Texas.