Houston vs. Memphis - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston vs. Memphis - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis (21-9) at Houston (22-8)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Fertitta Center)

The Line: Houston -9.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5

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The Memphis Tigers (21-9, CONF 10-7) and Houston Cougars (22-8, CONF 12-5) face off in a American Athletic Conference showdown at the Hofheinz Pavilion. The home team has won the last four games between Memphis and Houston. Earlier this season Memphis beat Houston 60-59. 

Memphis is playing well again and coming into this game they have won four of the last five games. Memphis has also covered the spread in three of the last five games. 

Memphis is a good offensive team, but on the road they aren’t as strong averaging only 62.4 points while shooting less than 40 percent from the field. Forward Precious Achiuwa is the star of the Tigers averaging 15.5 points while shooting 49.6 percent from the field. 

Against Wichita State, Achiuwa put up 14 points and 16 rebounds. If Achiuwa can have a big game, Memphis could be in line to pull the upset. 

Houston played really well at the start of the season.,but as of late the play hasn’t been as good and over the last three games they only have one win. In the Cougars last game UConn the defense struggled giving up 77 points. 

Over the last five games Houston’s defense is giving up 61.6 points per game, and the defense needs to get back to play well.

In Houston’s last game against UConn. It was Quentin Grimes who paced them putting up 24 points in 34 minutes.

Memphis is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games overall. The under is 13-3-1 in the Tigers last 17 road games. Houston is 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 games played on Sunday. The under is 12-3 in Houston’s last 15 games overall. The under is 10-3 in Houston’s last 13 games as a favorite. 

Houston is at home, but with the way Memphis is playing they are going to find a way to keep it close. Look for the TIgers to be led by Precious Achiuwa who will be put up at least 20 points. Back Memphis to cover the spread and I will be sprinkling a few dollars on the Tigers money line.

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Shane’s Pick Memphis +9.5

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