South Florida Bulls vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 1/18/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: USF Bulls vs Houston Cougars
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Location: Fertitta Center in Houston, TX
The Houston Cougars (15-2) will try to defeat the USF Bulls (6-10) at Fertitta Center on Tuesday.
The USF Bulls played UCF and took home the win by a score of 75-51 in their last contest. Concerning personal fouls, the Bulls ended up walking away with 15 and UCF finished the game with 17 personal fouls. They knocked down 2 of 20 attempts from 3-point range. UCF ended up shooting 78.6% at the free throw line by converting 11 of 14 shots. On top of that, UCF snagged 20 rebounds (3 offensive, 17 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. UCF recorded 9 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. Regarding defense, South Florida allowed their opponent to shoot 33.3% from the field on 19 out of 57 shooting. They also recorded 17 assists in the game while forcing 15 turnovers and having 9 steals. Concerning rebounding, they collected 45 with 17 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Bulls buried 15 of their 22 tries for a percentage of 68.2%. South Florida wrapped up the contest with a 41.9% FG percentage (26 of 62) and converted 8 out of their 24 3-pointers.
Javon Greene is a guy who was a factor in the matchup. He walked away from this one shooting 58.3% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. He played for 37 minutes and collected 9 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting.
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South Florida enters this matchup with a mark of 6-10 on the season. They are averaging 58.9 pts per contest (354th in college hoops) while going 38.4% from the field. The Bulls are connecting on 24.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (71 of 289) and 68.4% from the free throw line. As a team, South Florida is snagging 36.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 172 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 302nd in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 12.1 times per contest and as a team they commit 16.4 personal fouls per game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Bulls have forced 12.5 turnovers per game while drawing 15.9 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 184th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 198 conceded so far this year. The Bulls are giving up a shooting percentage of 39.7% (346 of 871) and they concede 35.1 boards per contest as a group. They are giving up 30.6% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 31st in the nation in PPG from their opponents (62.3).
The last time they took the court, the Houston Cougars got the win with a final of 66-64 against Tulsa. When discussing rebounding, Houston allowed Tulsa to get 27 in total (6 offensive). They finished the game shooting 37.5% from 3-point land by going 9 of 24 and ended up shooting 7 out of 10 from the charity stripe (70.0%). The Cougars permitted Tulsa to convert 24 out of 60 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 40.0% in the matchup. In all, the Cougars went 23 out of 58 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.7%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Houston made 9 of their 28 tries (32.1%). They were able to bury 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 78.6%. Tulsa had 17 fouls for this contest which got the Cougars to the free throw line for 14 attempts. They also gave up possession 13 times, while getting 5 steals for the matchup. The Cougars earned 23 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 36 for the contest.
Kyler Edwards ended up being important for the Cougars in this matchup. He racked up 29 points in his 40 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 3 dimes for the contest. He buried 10 out of 21 in the game giving him a rate of 47.6%, and totaled 2 rebounds.
Houston has a mark of 15-2 on the year. The Cougars are responsible for committing 16.9 personal fouls per game and they connect on 66.8% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 15.4 times per contest (63rd in D-1) and they are giving up possession 10.9 times per game. Houston has tallied 1,323 pts for the year (77.8 per contest) and they pull down 39.4 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Cougars are connecting on 46.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 60th in the country.
The Cougars on the defensive end are ranked 7th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 57.9. They are forcing 16.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 37.6% from the field (10th in college basketball). The Houston defense allows 29.9% on shots from 3-point land (120 of 402) and opponents are knocking down 70.1% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 10.6 assists and 31.8 rebounds per game, which is ranked 53rd and 58th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take South Florida
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