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#851 Tulsa 128 vs.
#852 Houston -10
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:00pm EST
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Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Houston Cougars

Where: Fertitta Center

When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 9:00 pm ET

We have an American Athletic Conference (AAC) match up to consider for Wednesday evening when Tulsa Golden Hurricane meets the twenty-second ranked Houston Cougars for an evening of AAC college basketball. Tulsa enters this game riding a two-game winning streak and the Cougars suffered an overtime road loss to SMU in their latest contest.

Tulsa Road Win Over South Florida

Tulsa is 17-8 overall with a 9-3 record in conference play this season. The Golden Hurricane has won three of its last five games and Wednesday marks game two of a two-game road trip. Tulsa is 5-5 this season on the road and is in second place in the AAC standings and a half a game behind conference co-leader Hoston and Cincinnati. Tulsa doesn’t play Houston or Cincinnati again this season, making this a HUGE game for the Golden Hurricane.

The Golden Hurricane score an average of 69.4 points while allowing 63.8 points per game. Tulsa is shooting 44.6 percent from the field, 31.7 percent from downtown and 71.5 percent from the charity stripe this season.

Tulsa has three players scoring in double figures and is led by junior guard Brandon Rachal. The junior guard is scoring 13.5 points with a team-leading 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Rachal is shooting 22.2 percent from long range and scored 18 points with six rebounds in the Golden Hurricane road win over South Florida.

Houston Road Loss to SMU

Houston is 10-3 in conference play with an overall record of 20-6 this season. The Cougars are 11-2 this season at home and have won three of its last five games. Wednesday marks a one-game homestand and the Cougars are tied for first with Cincinnati. This is a big game for Houston as a loss would leave them in second place in the conference and that isn’t where the Cougars want to be heading into the conference tournament.

The Cougars score an average of 73.2 points per game and allow 62.8 points per game this season. Houston makes 43.3 percent of its field goal attempts, 33.8 percent of its triple tries with a 72.3 percent free-throw shooting percentage.

Houston has three players scoring in double figures and is led by freshman guard Caleb Mills. The frosh guard scores an average of 12.4 points with 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game for the Cougars this season. Mills is knocking down 34.8 percent of his triple tries and scored eight points with one rebound and an assist in the Cougars overtime road loss to SMU.

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I will take Houston in this matchup. The Cougars aren’t happy losing on the road to SMU and they will take it out on the Golden Hurricane. Houston has a solid edge in rebounding and three-point shooting plus they have the better defense. Tulsa isn’t a bad road team at all but the Cougars are tough to beat in their own barn and I suspect they will win this contest by at least ten points or more. I will go with the Cougars in this matchup. 

Prediction: Houston

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My math has this one ending at 128 points and that seems to fall a little bit on the low side. These are too good scoring offenses and while both boast stout defenses, the respective offenses might be a bit better and therefore will have an easier time doing their thing on offense. Both teams play well below the NCAA average tempo but these offenses should be able to exceed 128 points. I will take the OVER at 128 points and below for this matchup.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.