Memphis Tigers vs Houston Cougars 3/8/2020 Odds, Picks and NCAAB Spread
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Memphis Tigers vs Houston Cougars 3/8/2020 – The Memphis Tigers face the Houston Cougars this Sunday as the AAC regular season comes to a close. NCAA basketball lines pick the Cougars to take this one with Houston looking to avenge the loss the last time the two teams met. Memphis will not make it easy for Houston, needing a win to make it to the Big Dance. The Tigers lead the all-time regular-season series 33-17.
Memphis Tigers vs Houston Cougars 3/8/2020
A win is essential for Memphis Tigers, aware that there is something big at stake Sunday. The Tigers need to win four of their last five games for a chance to make it to the Big Dance. Out to lead them on offense will be Precious Achiuwa who will need to step up big time. Memphis will be missing the services of D.J. Jeffries who saw his season end with a knee injury. The defense could spell the difference, seeing how they are limiting opponents to just 64.9 points per outing.
Players to watch: P. Achiuwa F (30 GP 30.2 MIN 15.5 PTS 10.6 REB 0.9 AST 1.1 STL 1.9 BLK 2.8 TO 49.6 FG% 58.8 FT% 31.4 3PT%), L. Quinones G (25 GP 29.2 MIN 10.7 PTS 3.7 REB 2.2 AST 0.6 STL 0.1 BLK 2.1 TO 40.4 FG% 80.4 FT% 31.5 3PT%), T. Harris G (30 GP 20.7 MIN 8.9 PTS 1.8 REB 0.8 AST 0.5 STL 0 BLK 1.4 TO 37.3 FG% 84.4 FT% 36.9 3PT%).
The Cougars may be safely in the field but Houston cannot afford to relax. They have dropped three of their last five assignments and need to do better to gain a higher seed. Calem Mills leads their offensive with help coming from Quentin Grimes. Houston needs to trim down its turnovers and play better defense. They are allowing the opposition 62.3 points per contest.
Players to watch: C. Mills G (30 GP 22.5 MIN 13.5 PTS 2.5 REB 1.2 AST 0.5 STL 0.2 BLK 1.4 TO 39.7 FG% 74.7 FT% 36.8 3PT%), Q. Grimes G (29 GP 27.9 MIN 12 PTS 3.7 REB 2.6 AST 0.8 STL 0.2 BLK 2.3 TO 43.8 FG% 67 FT% 32.3 3PT%), N. Hinton G (30 GP 30.3 MIN 10.5 PTS 8.8 REB 2 AST 1.3 STL 0.2 BLK 1.2 TO 40.2 FG% 75.6 FT% 38.8 3PT%).
Memphis Tigers vs Houston Cougars Betting Predictions
Memphis is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.
Houston is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
Memphis Tigers vs Houston Cougars Betting Picks
The Houston Cougars are favorites by basketball spread betting to win over the Memphis Tigers this Sunday. The Cougars are known for their deliberate offense while the Tigers prefer a fast-paced game. Memphis plays differently, wanting an up-tempo kind of a game. The defense could spell the difference in this match. Houston is doing a better job clamping down but may need to do more to secure this win.
Moneyline: +347 is set for the Tigers and -440 is set for the Cougars.
ATS: Look for the spread of +9.5 for Memphis and -9.5 for Houston.
Totals: Over 132.5 is out for the Tigers and under 132.5 is out for the Cougars.
Score Prediction: 75-69, Houston Cougars.