Tulsa at Houston Betting Preview, Selections, Odds

Game: Tulsa at Houston (-10.5)

Sharp: Dave Miller

Selection: -10.5

The AAC is very likely to conduct one of the more competitive conference tournaments in a few weeks. But there are still regular-season games to play, including a key matchup on Wednesday night when No. 22 Houston (20-6, 10-3 AAC) hosts Tulsa (17-8, 9-3) at Fertitta Center.

The Cougars slipped into a tie with Cincinnati atop the league standings after their 73-72 overtime loss at SMU this past Saturday. Freshman Marcus Sasser had a career-high 26 points in the setback, with 24 coming in the second half and OT. The defeat snapped a three-game winning streak and was just the Cougars' second loss in the last 10 games. All three of their AAC setbacks have come on the road and by two points or less.

When these teams met on January 11 in Tulsa, Frank Haith's Golden Hurricane came away with a 63-61 win. D'Andre Wright scored 13 points and Rashad Smith finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tulsa is one of the best teams in the country defending the perimeter, holding opponents to just 29.0 percent from downtown. That was an issue for the Cougars in the previous meeting, as Kelvin Sampson's bunch connected on just 2 treys in the second half of the close loss. A season sweep of the Cougars could go a long way in Tulsa's quest for an AAC regular-season crown.

The Golden Hurricane have won eight of their last 10 games, with the latest being a 56-48 win at USF this past Saturday. One of the team's biggest assets is Martins Igbanu, who may be the league's Sixth Man of the Year. He is averaging 16.3 points and 5.8 rebounds off the bench, and he has averaged 21.5 points and 6.0 boards in his last six contests.

But Houston is 15-0 under Sampson after a loss, and the Cougars have not lost consecutive games since January 2017. That's tough to overlook especially in a rematch situation. Don't expect a season sweep for Tulsa as the Cougars should take care of business at home even if their efficiency behind the arc is below their season average. They can rely on their usual strong rebounding and better play from Quentin Grimes.


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