Penn Quakers vs. Houston Cougars Prediction 12/30/2023

Penn Quakers vs. Houston Cougars Prediction 12/30/2023

The Penn Quakers (8-5) travel to face off against the Houston Cougars (12-0) on Saturday, December 30th. This game will be played at Fertitta Center in Houston and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

Penn Quakers vs Houston Cougars

The Penn Quakers Are Coming Off A Win

Penn comes into today’s game against Houston with a season record of 8-5. In road games this season, Penn has gone 0-3, while they have gone 5-2 at home. Penn has a sub-.500 ATS record at 4-6. Looking at their performance in the last five games, they are 2-2 vs. the spread.

Through 13 games, Penn has an over/under record of 6-4-0 with their games averaging a combined 150.6 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Quakers’ games have averaged 158 points per game, along with an over/under record of 3-1.

The Houston Cougars Are Coming Off A Win

The Cougars, who have yet to lose a game this season, will take on Penn. All of the Cougars’ games this season have been played on the road. Against the spread, Houston has a record of 6-5 up to this point in the season. In their last ten games, Houston is 2-3 when it comes to covering the spread.

Houston comes in with an over/under record of 3-8-0 through 12 games, with their games averaging a combined 126.5 points per game so far. The Cougars’ last five games have finished with a combined 125 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

Penn Offense Breakdown

Coming off their recent game, the Penn offense tallied 78 points in a matchup against Howard. Their field goal percentage for the game was 41.4%, and they made 12 threes. Clark Slajchert is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 18.8 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Tyler Perkins brings a PPG average of 14.9 into the game.

Clark Slajchert (G) 18.8 3.1 3.2
Tyler Perkins (G) 14.9 6.1 2.2
Nick Spinoso (F) 10.2 7.5 3.6

Houston Offense Breakdown

In their recent game, the Cougars’ offense concluded with 72 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 75.5 points per contest. LJ Cryer is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 17. Meanwhile, Emanuel Sharp also brings a PPG average of 13.9 into the game.

LJ Cryer (G) 17.0 2.7 1.9
Emanuel Sharp (G) 13.9 3.5 1.1
Jamal Shead (G) 9.5 3.9 6.0

Penn Team Defense

The Quakers’ defense is presently ranked 148th nationally, allowing an average of 71.6 points per contest. Penn’s three-point defense is currently 103rd in the country at 6.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 38.2% of their shots vs. Penn.

Houston Team Defense

In the current season, the Houston defense has excelled, sitting 1st in the nation by allowing 50.0 points per game. So far, the Houston defense is giving up an average of 8.1 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 8.9 times per game (331st).

Quakers vs Cougars Trends

  • In their last five games away from home, the Quakers have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 1-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 76 points per game in these contests.
  • When looking at their past five home matchups, Houston has an ATS record of 1-3 while averaging 68 per game. The team went 5-0 overall in these games.
  • As the betting underdog, the Quakers have an ATS mark of just 1-2 in their last three games. Penn posted a straight up mark of 1-2 in these matchups.
  • Against the spread, the Cougars have put together of 2-3 in their last five games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 5-0 straight up.

Quakers vs Cougars Prediction

For a point-spread bet in this Cougars vs. Cougars matchup, we’re leaning towards the Cougars at -25.5. Although our projections show the Cougars winning 77-66, we suggest placing your bet on the Quakers for the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 131.5, and our model predicts the Quakers and Cougars to score a combined 143 points. We recommend betting on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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