The Houston Cougars (4-1) will be at home in Health & PE Center when they challenge the New Orleans Privateers (1-4). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
New Orleans Privateers at Houston Cougars Odds Preview
The Privateers lost a tough one against the South Alabama Jaguars in their last game, 55-52. Michael Zeno put together a good game for New Orleans, finishing with five points, 10 rebounds and five assists. South Alabama had a free throw rate of 0.357 (above their season average of 0.254). New Orleans, meanwhile, held the Jaguars to an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.6 (below their season average of 26.9).
The last time the Cougars played, they dismantled the Incarnate Word Cardinals, 97-58. Houston’s Fabian White Jr. had a solid performance, recording 14 points and 12 rebounds. Houston played a perfect game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.603 (above their season average of 0.529) and a turnover percentage of 16.0 (worse than their season average of 14.4). Incarnate Word recorded marks of 0.371 and 23.7, respectively, for those same stats.
Based on each teams statistical profile, ball protection could play a significant role in this matchup. Since the 2016-17 season, Houston has committed the 10th-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 15.5 percent), while the disruptive defense of New Orleans has forced the 11th-most (opponents turnover percentage of 23.3 percent). Furthermore, the Privateers have been among the nation’s best at getting to the line, ranking 24th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.300). The Cougars, meanhwile, rank 279th in opponents FTA rate (0.276).
New Orleans Privateers at Houston Cougars Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – New Orleans, ATS Winner – New Orleans, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Privateers rank 21st in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while the Cougars rank 135th (34.6).
- Houston ranks 19th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while New Orleans ranks 277th (8.2).
- The Cougars rank 163rd in three pointers attempted per game (21.4) while the Privateers rank 329th (13.3).
- New Orleans ranks 45th in assists per game (15.6) while Houston ranks 170th (13.3).