Texas A&M vs Houston Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/24/24

Houston (31-4) vs Texas A&M (21-14)

Game Info: Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 8:40 pm (FedExForum)

Betting Odds: Houston Cougars -9.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas A&M Aggies and the Houston Cougars meet Sunday in NCAA Tournament Second Round college basketball action from FedExForum. Here’s a Texas A&M vs Houston prediction. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. We will examine:

• The Texas A&M recent form and player performance

• The Houston recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving Texas A&M

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving Houston

• Recent betting trends in games played between Texas A&M and Houston

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Texas A&M vs Houston game

Texas A&M Aggies Betting Preview

The Aggies had a couple of bad stretches this year. One was a 5-7 run in December/January. The other was a five-game losing streak in February. Texas A&M closed the regular season strong, though. Then came wins over Ole Miss and Kentucky before a loss to Florida in the conference tournament.

In their First Round matchup versus Nebraska, the Aggies were able to get back into the win column. Texas A&M came out of the break with a dominant 58-44 lead, then closed on a 40-39 run for a victory 98-83. Leading the way was Wade Taylor with 25 points and five assists.

Houston Cougars Betting Preview

Over on the Houston side, they’ve stayed very consistent all year. The Cougars took consecutive losses just once (to Iowa State and TCU) and finished off the regular season with a nine-game win streak. After wins over TCU and Texas Tech in the conference tourney, the Cougars fell to Iowa State last Saturday. Houston won all non-conference games this season, including the one over Utah.

Matched up against Longwood in their First Round game on Friday, the Cougars didn’t have any issues. Houston dominated with a 43-16 first half and a 43-30 second for an 86-46 win. LJ Cryer (three rebounds) and Damian Dunn (bench) each notched a team-high 17 points.

Houston Cougars Team Facts

  • Houston has won each of its last 19 night games against non-AP-ranked opponents at a neutral venue.
  • Eight of Houston's last nine night games against non-Conference opponents have produced a total of 127 or fewer points.
  • Houston has won the first half in each of its last 14 games against non-Conference opponents.

Texas A&M Aggies Team Facts

  • Texas A&M has won nine of its last 10 night games against non-Conference opponents.
  • Each of Texas A&M's last 11 games at a neutral venue have produced a total of 135+ points.
  • Texas A&M has won the first half in each of its last seven games.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Houston ranks 1st among Division 1 teams for opponent points per game this season (56.9).
  • Houston ranks 1st among Division 1 teams for opponent field goals made per game this season (18.9).
  • Texas A&M ranks 362nd among Division 1 teams for opponent blocks per game this season (5.2).
  • Texas A&M ranks 3rd among Division 1 teams for rebounds per game this season (42.7).

Texas A&M vs Houston Prediction

I’ll stay with Houston. The Cougars blew right past Longwood in their first round matchup, shooting 58.5 percent from the field with a 29-18 rebounding edge and just eight turnovers. Houston was pretty bad from the line at 59.1 percent (13-of-22), however. The Cougars have been below 61 points in two of their last four games, so hitting that 70-point mark or so here would be a good sign.

As for the Aggies, they held Nebraska down thanks to a 40-28 rebounding edge in their First Round matchup. Texas A&M shot a nice 56.5 percent from 3-point range in that one and had just eight turnovers. The Aggies have hit 90 points or more in three straight games (and 80 or more in five straight). Houston is going to have to step on the gas offensively, but I think the Cougars can pull it off if all goes well. The winner of this game will meet Duke or James Madison in the next round. 

Andrew’s Pick Houston Cougars -9.5

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