The Fairfield Stags (3-4) will try to put an end to the five-game winning streak of Houston when they head to Health & PE Center to challenge the Cougars (6-1). Houston opened as a 14-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 147.5 points. Action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Fairfield Stags at Houston Cougars Betting Preview
The Stags lost a close one to the Wagner Seahawks in their last game, 78-76. Fairfield’s Tyler Nelson put together a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 22 points on 7-for-23 shooting. Wagner had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.5 vs. 22.5). Fairfield, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 9.9 (better than their season average of 17.8).
In the Cougars last game, they blew out the Arkansas Razorbacks, 91-65. Houston rallied around Devin Davis, who was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Houston played a perfect game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.607 (above their season average of 0.548) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.6 (below their season average of 39.2). Arkansas was 0.400 and 21.1, respectively, for those same stats.
Houston could put on a ball-control clinic in this contest. Dating back to last season, Houston ranks 19th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.8 percent), while Fairfield has forced the 86th-fewest turnovers (17.7 percent).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Fairfield games have gone over 60.0 percent of the time, while games featuring Houston have finished under 75.0 percent of the time. The Cougars hold the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (6-1 vs. 3-4), but the Stags have been superior against the spread (ATS) (3-2 vs. 2-2).
Fairfield Stags at Houston Cougars Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Houston, ATS Winner – Houston, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cougars rank 27th in assists allowed per game (11.0) while the Stags rank 127th (12.8).
- Fairfield ranks 21st in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while Houston ranks 73rd (3.0).
- Houston ranks 108th in rebounds allowed per game (34.2) while Fairfield ranks 278th (38.0).
- The Cougars rank 22nd in steals allowed per game (4.9) while the Stags rank 183rd (6.5).
- Fairfield ranks 37th in three pointers attempted per game (25.3) while Houston ranks 172nd (21.3).