Offense meets defense when the Houston Cougars (6-2) welcome the Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-2) to Fertitta Center. The game can be seen on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 15, 2019.
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Houston Cougars ATS Prediction
The last time the Cowboys played, they were blown out by the Wichita State Shockers, 80-61. Wichita State’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over Oklahoma State. The Shockers had a rate of 40.0 (above their season average of 32.5), while the Cowboys posted a mark of 26.3. Cameron McGriff had a good game for Oklahoma State, finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Cougars were victorious over the UT Arlington Mavericks in their last outing, 71-63. Houston’s offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over UT Arlington. The Cougars had a rate of 46.9 (above their season average of 39.9), while the Mavericks posted a mark of 29.2. Nate Hinton led Houston in scoring with 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field.
The Cougars won the only game against the Cowboys last season, 63-53. Houston had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (29.7 vs. 17.5). Oklahoma State, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.105 vs. 0.016).
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the productive offense of Houston takes on the top-notch defense of Oklahoma State. Since the 2018-19 season, the Cougars rank sixth in offensive efficiency, while the Cowboys are 24th in defensive efficiency.
Oklahoma State at Houston ATS Pick
Free College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Houston, O/U – Under
Houston ranks second in rebounds per game (41.1) while Oklahoma State ranks 193rd in rebounds allowed per game (36.2).
The Cowboys rank 35th in steals per game (6.3) while the Cougars rank 218th (6.0).
Houston ranks 185th in three pointers allowed per game (22.7) while Oklahoma State ranks 253rd (24.9).
The Cougars lead the nation with 2.0 blocks allowed per game while the Cowboys are 57th with 3.3 blocks allowed per game.
Houston ranks 95th in assists per game (14.6) while Oklahoma State ranks 124th in assists allowed per game (13.4).