The No. 22 Houston Cougars (20-6, 10-3 AAC) will attempt to continue a seven-game home winning streak when they square off with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (17-8, 9-3 AAC) at Fertitta Center. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Houston Cougars Odds Preview
The Golden Hurricane were victorious over the South Florida Bulls in their last contest, 56-48. Brandon Rachal was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points on 5-for-13 shooting. Tulsa played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.548 (above their season average of 0.273) and a turnover percentage of 19.3 (worse than their season average of 17.2). For those same stats, South Florida was 0.250 and 26.2, respectively.
In the Cougars’ last game, they were beaten by the SMU Mustangs, 73-72. Marcus Sasser was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 8-for-15 shooting. SMU did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (17-21; 81.0 percent). Houston, meanwhile, forced the Mustangs into a turnover percentage of 24.2 (above their season average of 16.6).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Golden Hurricane won 63-61. Tulsa did a fantastic job of making free throws (17-20; 85.0 percent). Houston, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (41.2 vs. 21.7). Rachal had a standout performance in the victory, producing 18 points and six rebounds.
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Houston takes on the elite defense of Tulsa. The Cougars rank 39th in offensive efficiency, while the Golden Hurricane are 39th in defensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Golden Hurricane rank 29th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.282), while the Cougars rank 301st in opponents’ FTA rate (0.274).
Tulsa at Houston Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Houston, ATS Winner – Tulsa, O/U – Over
The Cougars rank 141st in three pointers allowed per game (21.4) while the Golden Hurricane rank 279th (25.8).
Tulsa ranks 45th in steals per game (7.8) while Houston ranks 217th (5.0).
The Cougars rank fifth in rebounds per game (41.3) while the Golden Hurricane rank 165th (35.3).
Houston ranks 16th in blocks per game (5.1) while Tulsa ranks 160th (2.5).
The Cougars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.4, down from 10.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Hurricane have scored an average of 62.2 points per game (7.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.0 points per game (1.8 below their season average).