Houston Cougars vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Prediction, 12/29/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Cougars vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-7)
Donald W. Reynolds Center is the site where and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-3) will take on the Houston Cougars (7-0) on Tuesday. The spread on this contest has Houston as 7-point favorites. The total has been set at 127.
Houston will play this game with a mark of 7-0 so far this season. The Cougars are hitting 31.9% on three-point attempts (53 of 166) and 74.7% from the charity stripe. They average 75.0 pts per contest (144th in the nation) while shooting 41.7% from the floor. They are turning it over 12.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 22.6 fouls per contest. As a team, Houston is collecting 41.4 boards per game and has totaled 81 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 218th in college hoops in terms of passing. On defense, the Cougars are forcing 17.7 turnovers every game while drawing 21.1 fouls. They are giving up 21.8% on 3-point shots and they rank 6th in college basketball in points per game allowed (54.6). The Cougars defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 36.7% (122 of 332) and they surrender 31.6 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are ranked 58th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 60 surrendered on the season.
The Houston Cougars stepped onto the hardwood against the UCF Knights and notched a win by a score of 63-54 in their last game. Houston finished with a 36.0% field goal percentage (18 out of 50) and made 7 of their 25 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Cougars made 20 of their 26 tries for a percentage of 76.9%. Regarding pulling down boards, they compiled 23 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 9 assists for this contest as well as having 9 steals and 2 blocks. With respect to defending, Houston let their opponent shoot 36.0% from the field on 18 of 50 shooting. UCF distributed 6 dimes and had 4 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Knights collected 30 boards (10 offensive, 20 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. UCF finished shooting 71.4% when shooting free throws by making 20 of 28 attempts. They knocked down 2 out of their 13 attempts from distance.
Marcus Sasser is one player who was a major contributor in the matchup. He notched 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting. He played 34 mins and pulled down 5 rebounds. Sasser finished shooting 42.9% from the field and also distributed 2 dimes. Someone else that was a major factor in this contest for the Cougars was Dejon Jarreau. He collected 3 rebounds and accumulated 5 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 28.6% from the field in this contest by shooting 2-of-7 (10 points). When the final whistle was blown, Jarreau played for 27 min.
Tulsa has a record of 4-3 for the campaign. As an offense, the Golden Hurricane are shooting 46.7% from the floor, which ranks 121st in the nation. Tulsa has accumulated 507 points on the campaign (72.4 per game) and they collect 38.9 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 15.9 times per contest (74th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.9 times per contest. The Golden Hurricane are committing 16.0 personal fouls per game and they go 58.2% from the charity stripe. The Golden Hurricane on defense are ranked 27th in college hoops in PPG given up with 60.1. They have allowed 11.9 dimes and 35.7 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 124th and 190th in college hoops. The Tulsa defense concedes 32.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (58 of 177) and their opposition makes 56.1% of their free throw shots. They have forced 16.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 36.8% from the floor (19th in the nation).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane walked away with a victory by a final of 102-45 when they played the Southwestern Christian Eagles. The Golden Hurricane were able to collect 41 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 52 for this contest. They also turned away 2 shots while recording 8 steals for the matchup. The Eagles were called for 19 fouls in this matchup which got the Golden Hurricane to the free throw line for 20 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of them for a clip of 55.0%. When talking about shots from 3-point land, Tulsa buried 11 out of 28 attempts (39.3%). When all was said and done, the Golden Hurricane shot 40 for 72 from the floor which had them shooting 55.6%. The Golden Hurricane permitted the Eagles to convert 15 of their 59 tries from the floor which had them shooting 25.4% for the contest. They went 22.2% from beyond the perimeter by going 6 of 27 and finished the game at 9 of 14 from the free throw line (64.3%). In reference to rebounding, Tulsa permitted Southwestern Christian to get 24 in total (3 offensive).
Brandon Rachal ended up being a major contributor for the Golden Hurricane in the game. He buried 6 out of 10 in the game for a field goal percentage of 60.0%, which got him 14 points. Rachal pulled down 10 boards in his 18 minutes and added 3 dimes for this contest. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Tulsa was Emmanuel Ugboh. He ended up walking away with 13 points in 14 minutes on the hardwood via 6 out of 7 from the floor in this contest. Ugboh ended up shooting 85.7% from the field while totaling 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Tulsa (+7) and over 127 points
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