Houston Cougars vs South Florida Bulls Prediction, 2/10/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Cougars vs USF Bulls
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Location: Yuengling Center in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-11)
Yuengling Center is the venue where and the USF Bulls (7-5) will play the Houston Cougars (16-2) on Wednesday. South Florida opens this contest as 11-point underdogs. The total is set at 128.
Houston comes into this one with a mark of 16-2 on the season. The Cougars are hitting 35.1% on 3-point shots (161 of 459) and 73.4% from the charity stripe. They average 76.2 pts per game (80th in the nation) while connecting on 42.4% from the floor. They turn the ball over 12.0 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.4 fouls every game. As a unit, Houston is grabbing 42.7 boards per game and has accounted for 233 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 133rd in college basketball in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Cougars are forcing 15.3 turnovers every game and they draw 18.3 fouls. The Cougars defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 36.1% (335 of 927) and they surrender 32.3 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 78th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 169 conceded so far this season. They are conceding 25.1% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 2nd in college basketball in PPG allowed (56.9).
The Houston Cougars stepped onto the hardwood against the OLLU Saints and notched a win by a score of 112-46 in their last game. Houston finished with a 55.4% field goal percentage (46 out of 83) and knocked down 15 of their 31 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Cougars made 5 of their 8 shots for a percentage of 62.5%. Concerning getting rebounds, they compiled 51 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 25 dimes in this contest as well as earning 17 steals and 5 rejections. In terms of defense, Houston allowed 55.4% from the floor on 46 out of 83 shooting. Our Lady of the Lake earned 10 assists and had 7 steals in the game. In addition, the Saints snagged 23 rebounds (5 offensive, 18 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Our Lady of the Lake finished 92.9% from the charity stripe by making 13 of their 14 shots. They also converted 3 of their 29 tries from distance.
Cameron Tyson is someone who came through in the matchup. He left the arena with 32 points on 11 out of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 minutes and also totaled 3 rebounds. Tyson shot 57.9% from the field and earned 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in the game for the Cougars was Tramon Mark. He totaled 6 rebounds and also collected 6 dimes. He finished 75.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 9-of-12 (22 points). When the final whistle was blown, Mark was on the hardwood for 22 min.
South Florida has a mark of 7-5 this season. South Florida has totaled 823 points for the year (68.6 per game) and they average 39.1 boards per game. The Bulls are responsible for committing 17.6 fouls per game and they hit 61.1% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Bulls are hitting on 42.6% from the floor, which ranks 255th in the country. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.9 times per contest (271st in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.8 times per game. The Bulls defensively are ranked 119th in college hoops in points allowed per contest with 67.9. They are forcing 13.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.1% from the field (179th in college hoops). The South Florida defense concedes 28.9% on shots from beyond the arc (80 of 277) and their opposition makes 72.2% of their free throw attempts. They give up 14.1 dimes and 32.3 boards per game, which is ranked 250th and 65th in college hoops.
When they last played, the USF Bulls walked away with a victory by a final of 69-63 against the East Carolina Pirates. The Bulls collected 28 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 40 for this contest. They blocked 2 attempts while recording 4 steals in the matchup. The Pirates had 20 fouls for the contest which got the Bulls to the charity stripe for a total of 27 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a rate of 55.6%. In the matter of shooting from distance, South Florida made 8 of 22 attempts (36.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Bulls went 23 for 55 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.8%. The Bulls permitted the Pirates to convert 21 of 54 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 38.9% in the matchup. They went 20.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 4 out of 20 and ended up shooting 17 out of 25 from the free throw line (68.0%). In relation to rebounding, South Florida allowed East Carolina to grab 30 in total (7 offensive).
David Collins ended up being a major contributor for the Bulls in this matchup. He made 6 out of 14 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which earned him 16 points. Collins collected 5 rebounds in his 35 minutes and had 5 dimes for the contest. Another guy who was a determining factor for South Florida was Justin Brown. He totaled 12 points in 21 minutes on the hardwood via 3 of 7 from the floor in this matchup. Brown walked away from this one going 42.9% from the field in addition to totaling 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (-11)
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