Tulane Green Wave vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tulane Green Wave vs Houston Cougars
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Fertitta Center in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Tulane (+19)
The Tulane Green Wave (6-2) travel to Fertitta Center on Saturday where they'll take on the Houston Cougars (9-1). The odds on this contest have Houston as 19-point favorites. The over/under is set at 128.
Tulane enters this one with a record of 6-2 so far this season. They have an average of 66.0 points per contest (294th in the country) on 39.1% from the field. The Green Wave are shooting 30.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (62 of 202) and 75.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Tulane is pulling in 34.0 boards per game and has racked up 98 dimes this season, which ranks 241st in Division 1 in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 12.3 times per contest and as a group they commit 16.9 fouls every game. On defense, the Green Wave are forcing 16.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.1 personal fouls. They are ranked 162nd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 108 relinquished on the campaign. The Green Wave defense is giving up a FG percentage of 39.1% (163 of 417) and they relinquish 36.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are giving up 33.3% on 3-point shots and they are 24th in college basketball in points per game allowed (60.8).
The Tulane Green Wave played the East Carolina Pirates and earned the victory with a final of 60-56 in their last contest. Tulane walked away from the contest having earned a 36.2% FG percentage (17 out of 47) and made 6 of 19 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Green Wave knocked down 20 of their 23 shots for a rate of 87.0%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 28 with 3 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 8 assists for this game as well as getting 13 steals and 4 blocked shots. In the matter of the defense, Tulane let their opponent shoot 36.2% from the field on 17 of 47 shooting. East Carolina doled out 15 dimes and had 4 steals in this game. In addition, the Pirates collected 31 rebounds (5 offensive, 26 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. East Carolina finished the game at 85.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 6 of 7 attempts. They also converted 10 out of their 26 shots from long range.
Jaylen Forbes is a player who was important in the matchup. He totaled 20 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 36 minutes played and snagged 3 rebounds. Forbes finished the game shooting 45.5% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Green Wave was Gabe Watson. He snagged 4 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He finished 45.5% from the field in the game by going 5-of-11 (13 points). When the final whistle was blown, Watson saw the court for 29 min.
Houston has a win-loss record of 9-1 on the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Cougars are connecting on 40.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 310th in college hoops. Houston has 733 pts on the year (73.3 per contest) and they grab 41.8 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 10.9 times per contest (307th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.0 times per contest. The Cougars are responsible for committing 21.5 fouls per game while shooting 73.9% from the free throw line. The Cougars defensively are ranked 4th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 57.0. They have forced 16.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 37.3% from the field (14th in college basketball). The Houston defense allows 25.4% from downtown (45 of 177) and their opponents are making 64.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 8.5 assists and 32.9 boards per contest, which is 6th and 79th in Division 1.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Houston Cougars walked away with a victory by a final of 70-63 when they faced the Wichita State Shockers. The Cougars earned 28 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for this contest. They blocked 4 shots while getting 3 steals for the game. The Shockers committed 18 fouls in the matchup which took the Cougars to the free throw line for a total of 24 tries. They were able to bury 17 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 70.8%. In relation to shots from downtown, Houston knocked down 7 of their 22 attempts (31.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Cougars finished 23 out of 60 from the floor which had them at 38.3%. The Cougars permitted the Shockers to bury 20 of their 59 attempts from the field which had them shooting 33.9% in this matchup. They shot 30.8% from beyond the perimeter by going 8 of 26 and finished the game at 15 of 22 from the charity stripe (68.2%). When it comes to team rebounding, Houston allowed Wichita State to collect 37 in total (11 offensive).
Quentin Grimes was important for the Cougars for the contest. He knocked down 6 of 17 for this game giving him a rate of 35.3%, which gave him 22 points. Grimes collected 9 boards in his 35 mins and had 2 assists for this game. One more player who was a determining factor for Houston was Justin Gorham. He finished with 14 points in his 37 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 of 7 from the floor for the matchup. Gorham ended up shooting 71.4% from the floor as well as totaling 2 assists and 10 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Houston (-19) and over 128 points
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