The Tulane Green Wave and Houston Cougars meet in the next round of the AAC Tournament on Saturday. After successfully beating Temple on Friday, 69-60, Tulane moves onto a much bigger challenge.
As 2-point favorites, Tulane was expected to carry themselves well in that game. They won and covered their third straight game. Before entering the AAC Tournament, Tulane had losses in three of four outings.
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They played the Mustangs hard at SMU last week in their regular season finale. SMU has been a good team this season, but Tulane held well for a 74-68 loss on the road. That’s a good sign that SMU can hang around in this one.
However, Tulane was unable to stay within double digits versus Houston on February 23. Tulane was on their home court, but dropped by a score of 81-67. The Cougars with their stingy defense can be tough to crack.
Tulane is going into Saturday with a record of 14-14 and 10-8 in the AAC. They were about as inconsistent as you could find in the conference this season.
March Madness is for the unlikely to happen, so maybe the Green Wave have a good run in them. Houston is coming off a 69-56 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats to cover by a point.
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Houston has have won seven of their previous eight outings. Their only loss during that stretch was a familiar foe. Memphis is one team that always comes to play against Houston.
At 27-5 on the season, the Tigers have beaten Houston in back-to-back attempts. Houston would prefer not to see Memphis in the AAC Tournament, but these two may be on a collision course.
Head below for our free Tulane vs. Houston prediction on March 12, 2022.
Tulane Green Wave vs. Houston Cougars Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Tulane Green Wave||+13.5 (-110)||OFF||Over 134 (-110)|
|Houston Cougars||-13.5 (-110)||OFF||Under 134 (-110)|
|Team Data||Tulane Green Wave||Houston Cougars|
|Points Per Game||73.6||75.9|
|Points Against Per Game||71.6||58.9|
|Field Goal %||43.9||46.7|
|Three Point %||36.8||34.2|
Tulane vs. Houston Prediction:
Tulane will have to tighten up and do a better job defensively if they’re going to be more competitive in this one. However, that’s the thing with Houston.
We know what their defense is going to show up, and then there’s the underrated offense. The Cougars get a lot of hype for their defense, but don’t forget about their scorers.
As long as it’s not Memphis, the Cougars could get into a high-scoring game and win an up and down game. That is not ideal for Houston, but they could make it work if need be.
Tulane is not going to turn this game into an up and down the floor contest. The Cougars should be able to run their offense and have success.
Houston is scoring 75.9 points per game and a 46.7% field goal percentage. The Cougars shot 48% from the field in their last five appearances.
In other words, it’s not so easy to beat Houston considering how well-balanced they operate. The Cougars’ defense is where they shine, though.
Houston has allowed 58.9 points per game and a 37.2% field goal percentage against for the best in the NCAA. It’s going to be tough on Tulane again in this one.
Tulane Green Wave vs. Houston Cougars Betting Trends:
- 1-5 overall in their previous six games as an underdog
- 0-8 overall in their previous eight games versus Houston
- 1-4 ATS in their previous five games versus Houston
- 4-0 ATS in their previous four games on a Saturday
- OVER is 9-3 in their previous 12 games
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games on a neutral court
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games as a betting favorite
- 17-3 overall in their previous 20 games
- The favorite is 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus Tulane
The Tulane offense likely won’t have enough punch to counter in this one. The Green Wave are 200th in the country with a 43.9% field goal percentage.
They’ve been far too inconsistent to have any confidence in the Green Wave showing up in this one versus a tough Houston defense. Tulane has been medicore defensively as well.
The Green Wave have conceded 71.2 points per game and 71.4 per game in their previous five, so consistent at least. It likely isn’t going to help end an eight-game losing streak against Houston, though.
Note that Houston won all of those games by double digits, an average of a 21.6 point win for the Cougs during those games. If Houston is interested, they should have a 16-point win or so in the AAC Tournament on Saturday.