A pair of Big 12 newcomers will be squaring off for the first time in five years when Houston hits the road to meet up with BYU in a matchup of ranked teams. The college basketball betting lines have the visiting Cougars as the favorite.
T.J. Haws hit a buzzer-beating jump as visiting BYU topped Houston 72-71 as the 11.5-point underdog. The last time Houston played at BYU, the Cougars won 76-62 as a two-point underdog.
The college basketball spread has Houston listed as the 2½-point favorite.
Houston moved up a spot to No. 4 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls. BYU remained at No. 19 in the coaches poll and went from 20th to 21st in the AP ranking.
When it comes to the odds of winning March Madness, Houston trailed only Kansas in the odds of winning the Big 12 title while BYU was 10th in the Big 12 championship odds.
Keep on reading for more about the matchup between Houston and BYU.
Houston vs BYU Game Information
1.Game: Houston 16-2 (3-2 Big 12) vs BYU 14-4 (2-3 Big 12)
2.Date/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 9 p.m. ET
3.Location: Marriott Center, Provo, UT
4.Houston vs BYU Live Stream: TBS.com
Ten of BYU’s wins have come at home this season. Although BYU has lost four of its last five games as a home underdog, the Cougars covered against the NCAAB lines in the last three of those games. Houston lost its last two games as a road favorite. The Cougars failed to cover in their last six games as a favorite on the road, with the last five contests landing under the total.
This is the first time this season that BYU has been listed by the college basketball spread as a home underdog. The Cougars lost two of the three games last season as the home underdog. Houston has won 12 of its last 14 games as the road favorite. However, the Cougars covered in just seven of those matchups.
Houston is priced at -150 to win this game outright with BYU at +130 on the Moneyline.
Houston vs BYU Odds and Spreads
Houston vs BYU Betting Trends
- BYU has covered in just one of its last 13 games when meeting a team from the Big 12.
- Houston is 16-2 when listed by the Las Vegas odds as a favorite this season.
- BYU has covered in nine of its 11 home games.
- All three of Houston’s road games went under the total.
- The total has gone under in each of Houston’s last five road games.
- The Cougars covered in two of their last nine games played in January.
- Thirteen of Houston’s last 18 games went under the total.
- BYU has covered in four of its last five games.
Houston vs BYU ATS Pick: Houston -2½
There isn’t much recent history between these teams as both BYU and Houston took different paths to join the Big 12.
Winning in Provo is not the easiest task with BYU 10-1 at home. However, go with Houston’s superior talent to win out in the end.
Keep an eye on the updates leading into the game as some key players for both teams are dealing with injuries.
Houston already lost guard Terrence Arceneaux, who was averaging nearly 20 minutes per game, for the season, and now fourth-leading scorer J’Wan Roberts is dealing with a knee injury.
Just three BYU players have appeared in every game this season. Noah Waterman, BYU’s top rebounder and No. 4 scorer, missed the last game and that would be an issue since rebounding is one of Houston’s strengths.
Today’s game was the latest shorthanded situation for BYU; after playing without Fousseyni Traore and Trevin Knell on Tuesday, the Cougs were minus starter Noah Waterman today at Texas Tech.
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Houston vs BYU Over/Under Pick: Over 136
With Houston first and BYU 20th in defensive efficiency according to the Pomeroy college basketball database, this game has a pretty low total of 136.
Both teams can get after it on defense. However, BYU is putting up 85 points per game and Houston averages 74 points so look for this game to go over the total when making best college basketball bets today.
Houston vs BYU Player Prop Pick: Jamal Shead To Score 14+ Points (+110)
The last time Houston faced a ranked opponent, Jamal Shead went off for 29 points in a win over Texas Tech.
Don’t expect Shead to approach that number against BYU. However, there are some pretty enticing options when it comes to the senior guard.
Houston vs BYU Prediction
Questions Of The Day
Are there any injury concerns heading into the Houston-BYU game?
Houston’s J’Wan Roberts and BYU’s Noah Waterman are both questionable for the game.
Which BYU player could be a solid prop bet against Houston?
While some of his more experienced teammates have struggled recently, sophomore Riche Saunders has 28 points in his last two games so he could make a run at another double-digit scoring game for the Cougars.