Against The Spread Pick
The Houston Cougars are playing like one of the better teams in the country and a team destined to make a deep run in the tournament, assuming they avoid significant injuries. They are ranked 25th in the nation with a record of 15-4. Houston has also won three games in a row, which includes an impressive 65-54 road win over the Wichita State Shockers. The Cougars will look to extend their winning streak to four games when they host the South Florida Bulls on Sunday. Meanwhile, South Florida enters this game with a record of 8-11, which includes a conference record of 1-5, putting them in last place in the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls are on a significant skid, having lost four games in a row, including a 43-56 home loss against Wichita State on Tuesday. Houston shouldn’t have a problem winning this game. However, I prefer the Bulls of South Florida and the 12.5 points in this spot.
Over Under Pick
The South Florida Bulls are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the country. They enter this game averaging 62.74 points per game, which ranks 335th in the nation. Defensively, the Bulls are one of the elite teams in college basketball, limiting opponents to the 32nd fewest points per game at 61.95. Meanwhile, the Houston Cougars have been a slightly above-average team offensively, as they enter this game averaging 74.68 points per game. However, they are one of the better teams in the conference as they are limiting opponents to the 66th fewest points per game with 64.53. Both sides are two of the elite defensive teams in college basketball. As a result, I look for the under 126.5 points to be the play in this spot.