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College Basketball Betting Pick & Prediction: Houston Cougars vs. Tulane Green Wave - February 22, 2023

February 22, 2023

The Tulane Green Wave are set to take on the top-ranked Houston Cougars Wednesday night inside the Fertitta Center in Houston, Texas. They jump it up at 9pm. The Cougars come into this contest as a massive 15 point favorite and look to put Tulane away early. They have the depth and the ability to do that and have a ton of scorers on their roster. Houston Cougars Betting PreviewThe Cougars (25-2) have had an outstanding season and their record shows it, as they have shown they are one of the best and most talented teams in the nation. They have won seven straight games and in the process have pushed their mark to 25-2. They are fresh off a win over Memphis, 72-64, and in that contest connected on 23-of-26 from the free throw line. They are a solid team in that regard as they average around 71% from the line. They would love those numbers to go up but against Memphis they were very consistent and solid. On offense, they are led by senior guard Marcus Sasser who averages around 17 points per game to pace all players on the team. He is a great player and loves to have the ball in his hand and he is great at penetrating and getting to the basket. Tulane Green Wave Betting PreviewTulane (17-7) has hung in there this season and to their credit they have shown a level of toughness and grit. They play hard and are well coached and it shows. They have had some nice wins this season and are in the process of a five-game winning streak. They are coming off a win over South Florida, 84-66, and in that contest had three players score in double digits, including Jalen Cook, who pumped in a team-high 30 points. The guard was all over the place and really took the game over in the 2nd half. He ended  11-of-20 from the floor overall and had some huge buckets late. Tulane will have to knock down their open looks and they have to figure out a way to win the battle of the boards and limit second chance opportunities by the Cougars, if they don't they will get run out of the building and lose by double-digits. Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick Houston is 5-0 in their last five games and 2-3 in their last five games against the number but a very impressive 8-2 in their road games against the spread. The totals have gone over in three of their last five games and the totals have gone over in six of the last 17 games at home. Tulane is 5-0 in their last five games and 5-0 in their last five games against the number, but just 5-4 in their road games against the spread. The totals have gone over in three of their last five games. The totals have gone over in seven of their last 15 games at home. The Cougars can get streaky and when they start knocking down their shots, it is typically a long night for their opponent. The line is high, but we think they easily cover.Persian Pick: Houston Cougars - 15