Houston Cougars vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction, 11/29/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Cougars vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2020
Location: Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+2.5)
The Houston Cougars (2-0) head to Dickies Arena on Sunday where they'll meet the Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0). The line on this matchup has Texas Tech as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 138.
Houston heads into this one with a mark of 2-0 for the season. The Cougars are shooting 36.0% on shots from downtown (18 of 50) and 81.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 78.5 pts per contest (90th in D-1) while hitting 41.2% from the field. They are turning it over 13.0 times per game and as a team they are committing 21.0 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Houston is collecting 49.0 boards per game and has accumulated 19 dimes on the year, which ranks 110th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Cougars are able to force 17.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.5 personal fouls. They are surrendering 6.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 135th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (51.5). The Cougars defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 35.6% (36 of 101) and they concede 30.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 249th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 19 surrendered for the campaign.
The Houston Cougars played the Boise State Broncos and went home with a win by a final score of 68-58 in their last game. Houston ended the game having earned a 40.7% FG percentage (24 of 59) and made 5 out of their 17 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Cougars buried 15 of their 17 attempts for a percentage of 88.2%. With respect to pulling down boards, they earned 46 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 3 assists in the game in addition to getting 7 steals and 2 blocks. When discussing the defense, Houston allowed their opponent to shoot 40.7% from the field on 24 out of 59. Boise State doled out 11 dimes and 9 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Broncos collected 24 boards (5 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Boise State finished shooting 57.7% at the charity stripe by making 15 of 26 attempts. They made 1 of 16 attempts from long range.
Quentin Grimes is one player who saw a lot of court time for the contest. He ended up finishing with 25 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He played for 35 mins and collected 8 boards. Grimes finished 60.0% from the field and recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Cougars was Marcus Sasser. He pulled down 3 rebounds and also collected 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 33.3% from the floor in the matchup by going 4-of-12 (10 points). When the final whistle blew, Sasser was on the court for 35 min.
Texas Tech has a win-loss mark of 2-0 on the campaign. Texas Tech has totaled 185 points so far this season (92.5 per game) and they pull down 43.5 rebounds per contest. The Red Raiders have committed 16.5 fouls every game and they hit 73.7% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Red Raiders are connecting on 52.5% from the field, which has them ranked 33rd in the country. They are dishing out assists 19.0 times per contest (33rd in the country) and they turn it over 11.0 times per game. The Red Raiders are ranked 148th in D-1 in points given up per game with 55.0. They have surrendered 6.5 assists and 30.0 boards per contest, which ranks them 140th and 173rd in the country. The Texas Tech defense allows 22.0% on three-point shots (9 of 41) and opponents are converting on 61.0% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 18.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 33.0% from the floor (145th in Division 1).
The last time they took the court, the Texas Tech Red Raiders walked away with a victory by a final of 84-52 when they faced the Sam Houston State Bearkats. The Red Raiders snagged 26 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 33 in the game. They rejected 2 tries while recording 6 steals in this matchup. The Bearkats earned 27 fouls for this game which got the Red Raiders to the free throw line for 31 attempts. They were able to make 25 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 80.6%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, Texas Tech knocked down 7 of their 17 attempts (41.2%). When the game finished, the Red Raiders walked away from this one shooting 26 out of 52 from the field which had them shooting 50.0%. The Red Raiders allowed the Bearkats to convert 17 of 54 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 31.5% for the contest. They finished shooting 22.2% from three-point range by connecting on 4 out of 18 and ended up going 14 of 21 at the free throw line (66.7%). Regarding cleaning up the glass, Texas Tech allowed Sam Houston State to get 26 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Terrence Shannon ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Red Raiders in this contest. He buried 4 of 6 in the game for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, which gave him 10 points. Shannon snagged 5 rebounds in his 22 minutes and earned 3 assists for the game. Someone else that was important for Texas Tech was Mac McClung. He was able to score 18 points in 20 minutes on the court via 7 of 12 shooting for the matchup. McClung ended up shooting 58.3% from the floor while also contributing 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Texas Tech (-2.5)
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