The Houston Cougars (14-1) travel to face off against the TCU Horned Frogs (12-3) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth and televised on ESPN. TCU is coming off a win in their previous game, while Houston is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Iowa State. Tip-off is set for 6:00 ET.
Houston Cougars vs TCU Horned Frogs
The Houston Cougars Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
After suffering their first loss of the season, the Houston Cougars will look to bounce back on the road against TCU. Houston enters the game with a 14-1 record, including a 3-1 mark on the road.
So far this season, the Cougars have been dominant at home, going a perfect 10-0 with an average scoring margin of +34.3 points per game. However, they have still been solid on the road, going 9-1 in their last 10 road games.
As the favorite this season, Houston has gone 8-6 against the spread. Their ATS record on the road is just 1-3, and over their last 10 road games, they are just 2-7 vs. the spread.
So far this season, Houston’s over/under record is 4-10. The average over/under line in their games is 133.9 and their games have finished with an average of 126.4 points. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 125 points.
The TCU Horned Frogs Are Coming Off A Win
TCU has been very strong at home this season, going 8-2, and they have won their last two games at home. For the season, they are 12-3, and they have gone 11-2 in non-conference games.
So far, the Horned Frogs have been the underdog in just one game, and they have gone 12-2 when favored. Their average scoring margin at home is +20.1, and their average scoring margin on the road is +11.4.
As the underdog this season, TCU is 1-0 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 5-5 this year and they are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last three home games.
So far this season, the over/under record for TCU is 8-7 and today’s line of 139.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (151). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 144 points.
Houston Offense Breakdown
Coming off their recent game, the Houston offense tallied 53 points in a matchup against Iowa State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 38%, and they made 7 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is LJ Cryer who comes into today’s matchup averaging 16.3. Emanuel Sharp also heads into the game with a PPG average of 13.8.
|LJ Cryer (G)
|Emanuel Sharp (G)
|Jamal Shead (G)
TCU Offense Breakdown
Coming off a good offensive performance, TCU’s offense scored 80 points against Oklahoma. Their field goal percentage for the game was 43.8%, and they went 17/22 from the free-throw line. Leading the team in scoring is Emanuel Miller, who is averaging 17 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Jameer Nelson Jr. also maintains a PPG average of 11.3 heading into game.
|Emanuel Miller (F)
|Jameer Nelson Jr. (G)
|Micah Peavy (G)
Houston Team Defense
So far this season, the Houston defense has been performing well, ranking 1st in the country at 50.3 points allowed per contest. So far, the Houston defense is giving up an average of 8.0 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9 times per game (361st).
TCU Team Defense
So far, the Horned Frogs’ defense is ranked 91st in the country at 67.9 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, TCU’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.5% this season.
Cougars vs Horned Frogs Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Cougars have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team averaged 63 points per game in this stretch.
- Across their last five home contests, TCU has been good against the spread posting a mark of 4-1. Their overall mark in these games was 4-1, while averaging 84 points per game.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Horned Frogs have a strong record vs the spread going 3-2. Their straight up mark in these contests is 1-4.
- As the betting favorite, the Cougars have an ATS mark of just 6-4 in their last ten games. Houston posted a straight up mark of 9-1 in these matchups.
The Horned Frogs come in as the underdog at +5.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 139.5, and our model predicts the Cougars and Horned Frogs to score a combined 142 points. We recommend betting on the over.
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