South Florida Bulls vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 1/11/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: USF Bulls vs Houston Cougars
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Location: Fertitta Center in Houston, TX
TV: Youtube TV
The Houston Cougars (16-1) will take on the USF Bulls (7-9) at Fertitta Center on Wednesday.
The USF Bulls stepped onto the hardwood against Wichita State and went home with a loss by a final score of 70-66 in their last contest. South Florida ended the contest having earned a 37.3% field goal percentage (25 of 67) and made 4 out of their 23 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Bulls made 12 of 18 shots for a rate of 66.7%. In terms of pulling down boards, they collected 40 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 dimes in this contest while creating 11 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Concerning the defense, South Florida let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the floor on 26 of 65 shooting. Wichita State distributed 16 assists and had 6 steals in the matchup. On top of that, Wichita State collected 31 rebounds (8 offensive, 23 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Wichita State ended up shooting 64.7% at the free throw line by converting 11 of their 17 tries. They also buried 7 of 18 shots from 3-point range. When talking about fouls, the Bulls left the arena with 18 while Wichita State finished the game with 12 fouls.
Russel Tchewa is a guy who came through for the contest. He scored 19 points on 8 out of 9 shooting. He played for 33 mins played and also pulled down 10 boards. He shot 88.9% from the floor and also recorded 1 assist.
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South Florida comes into this game with a mark of 7-9 this season. They lose possession via turnover 12.8 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.9 fouls every game. As a unit, South Florida is pulling in 37.3 boards per game and is sitting with 214 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 202nd in the country in terms of passing. The Bulls are connecting on 31.8% on shots from distance (107 of 336) and 62.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 70.3 pts per game (217th in college basketball) while shooting 43.5% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Bulls are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers per game while drawing 16.4 fouls. They are conceding 33.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 167th in college hoops in points per game allowed (68.3). The Bulls are allowing a shooting percentage of 41.8% (365 of 873) and they surrender 34.6 boards per contest as a squad. They rank 141st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 194 relinquished on the year.
When they last played, the Houston Cougars went home victorious with a score of 72-59 when they played Cincinnati. The Cougars collected 21 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 31 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 5 times, while getting 13 steals for the contest. Cincinnati had 9 fouls for this contest which got the Cougars to the charity stripe for a total of 4 attempts. They were able to make 4 of the free throw tries for a rate of 100.0%. In relation to shooting from beyond the arc, Houston knocked down 6 of their 16 tries (37.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Cougars ended up shooting 31 for 68 from the field which had them shooting 45.6%. The Cougars permitted Cincinnati to convert 20 out of their 57 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 35.1% in the game. They finished 34.6% from 3-point land by connecting on 9 of 26 and ended up shooting 10 out of 14 from the charity stripe (71.4%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Houston allowed Cincinnati to pull down 33 overall (12 on the offensive glass).
Jarace Walker ended up being a factor for the Cougars for the game. He tallied 21 points in his 29 minutes on the hardwood, but didn't get an assist. He converted 8 out of 14 for the matchup giving him a rate of 57.1%, and had 5 rebounds.
Houston has a mark of 16-1 for the campaign. The Cougars are committing 15.2 fouls every game and they shoot 72.2% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.6 times per game (104th in the nation) and they turn it over 10.1 times per game. Houston has totaled 1,284 points this year (75.5 per game) and they grab 40.4 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Cougars are hitting on 46.9% from the floor, which ranks them 68th in the nation.
The Houston defense allows 23.9% from downtown (97 of 406) and their opponents are making 68.8% of their foul shots. They relinquish 8.9 dimes and 31.9 total boards per game, which is 10th and 58th in those categories. The Cougars on defense are ranked 1st in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 51.5. They are forcing 15.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 33.2% from the field (2nd in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take South Florida
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