That Texas Southern Tigers take over the Houston Cougars. Check out our college basketball odds series Texas South Houston prediction and selection.
The Texas Southern Tigers were 11 points behind the Arizona State Sun Devils, 50-39, midway through the second half of last Sunday’s game in the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series, a collection of games between a power conference and a middle back -big conference. Colorado had already lost to Grambling, so the Pac-12 sure – sure – wouldn’t lose another game in this crossover series between two unlikely conference partners. Arizona State has had some very solid defensive teams under head coach Bobby Hurley in recent years. The Sun Devils’ offense wasn’t particularly good, but the defense often played quite well. The Devils had the Tigers cornered and it seemed highly unlikely that Texas Southern would be able to rally.
But that’s exactly what happened.
Texas Southern’s offense improved and the Tigers made big shots and free throws down the stretch to choke Arizona State on the wire. The 67-66 win was impressive in itself – beating a Pac-12 team by any means is tremendous for the Texas Southern program – but doing it the way they did only adds to the tremendous performance of the Tigers at.
This is a program with a winning culture. Texas Southern won the SWAC tournament championship last season. Johnny Jones knows how to get the best out of his players. Jones flopped as head coach at LSU, but at Texas Southern in a smaller conference, he’s found a comfortable fit where he can compete with opposing coaches and provide positive solutions for his players. Texas Southern must love how this season has started.
Houston looks like a Final Four contender, although it’s fair to say the Cougars haven’t played high-end opponents yet. Why can we say that? First of all, while North Carolina and other high-profile programs battle weaker opponents, Houston certainly doesn’t. The cougars will trample and knock enemies away. This is the Kelvin-Sampson difference. He trains hard all the time. In general, you don’t see this team letting up, even when the lead is big in the second half, as we saw against Oral Roberts earlier this week. Houston held a 27-point lead at halftime and kept pushing hard to increase his lead to over 30 points. This team tries hard all the time and that’s why UH has become such a good program. Houston reached the Final Four in 2021 and the Elite Eight last year. This is not a coincidence or coincidence.
Courtesy of FanDuelhere are the Texas Southern Houston College Basketball Odds.
College Basketball Odds: Texas Southern-Houston Odds
Texas Southern Tigers: +31.5 (-110)
Houston Cougars: -31.5 (-110)
Above: 132.5 (-106)
Below: 132.5 (-114)
Why Texas Southern Might Cover the Spread
This is a good team that’s full of confidence after the comeback win over Arizona State. Texas Southern is a capable defensive team that can prevent Houston’s offense from dominating this game. The point spread is really big for a mid-sized team as capable as Texas Southern.
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Why Houston could cover the spread
The Cougars could lead by 30 minutes with five minutes left in the game. Some teams might relax, but Houston doesn’t. The Cougars’ ability to dominate for 40 minutes, not just 35, will allow them to cover the spread.
Definitive Texas Southern-Houston Prediction & Selection
This game appears to be a defensive contest, and that fact makes it a little more likely that Texas Southern can hold the margin just enough to cover.
Texas Southern-Houston Final Prediction & Selection: Texas Southern +31.5