Memphis at Houston - 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Memphis  at Houston - 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Cougars (22-3) vs Memphis Tigers (16-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 5:30 pm (Dickies Arena)

Betting Odds: Houston Cougars -7.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Memphis Tigers will face the Houston Cougars in the AAC Conference Final this Saturday. Houston won by three at home when the two played earlier in the month.

Houston comes into this game having won 5 straight games. Last time out they cruised to a 77-52 win over the Tulane Green Wave in the conference Quarterfinals. Houston shot 46.6% from the field in the game, and 38.7% from deep. They assisted at a high ratio, with 21 of their 27 makes coming via the dime. Quentin Grimes and Dejon Jarraeu led the team with 15 apiece, while Jarraeu also grabbed 10 rebounds. The Cougars limited the Green Wave to 23.5% shooting from three, and outrebounded them 44-28. Houston is averaging 77.2 points per game, and allowing 57.4 to the opposition. Quentin Grimes leads the team with 17.7 points per game.

Memphis has won 7 of their last 8 coming into this game. Last time out they won their Quarterfinal matchup against the UCF Knights 70-62. Memphis shot just 39.3% from the field, and 30% from three. They managed to get to the line often, finishing 16-21 from the stripe. DeAndre Williams led the team with 16 points and 5 assists. Defensively the Tigers held the Knights to 28% shooting from three, and outrebounded them 43-34. Lester Quinones had 15 rebounds for the Tigers. Memphis is averaging 72 points per game this season, and are allowing 62.3 to their opponents. Landers Nolley II leads the team with 13 points per game.

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Houston is 17-7 ATS this season, 6-3 ATS in their last 10, and 2-0 ATS at a neutral site. Memphis is 13-10 ATS this season, 9-1 ATS in their last 10, and 2-3 ATS at a neutral site.

Houston won a tight game last time these two played, despite shooting just 28.6% from three. It was an off night for the Cougars but they managed to get the win on a miracle three at the buzzer. I expect the Cougars to shoot the ball much better, and do enough to keep their distance with the Tigers now that they have seen the defense. Give me Houston to cover.

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Joe’s Pick Houston Cougars -7.5

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