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Houston Cougars vs. BYU Cougars Prediction – Jan 23, 2024

The Big 12 Conference is loaded with some great college basketball teams, and two of those teams will meet up on Tuesday night. It will be the Houston Cougars visiting the BYU Cougars and both teams are currently ranked in the Top 25. 

Houston comes into this game with an overall record of 16-2, but they have gone just 2-2 in their last four games. The Houston Cougars are ranked at number four in the most recent poll, and they are a title contender. 

The BYU Cougars are a new team in the Big 12 Conference as well, and they have been solid as well. BYU has gone just 2-3 in their last five games, and life in this new conference has not gone well for the Cougars. 

Houston is coming into this game as a 2.5-point betting over BYU in this Big 12 Conference showdown. 

Cougars Can Get Stops

The Houston Cougars have been a consistent title contender over the last few years, and this team has been winning games in the same way. Houston does have some talented players on offense, but they are known for setting the tone on defense. 

The Cougars are giving up just 51 points per game this season, and they have even been able to slow down opponents in Big 12 Conference action. Houston wants to set the tone on defense in this one, and that can frustrate the BYU Cougars. 

This Cougars team hasn’t been as great on offense since league action began, but they are still a team that is loaded with perimeter weapons. 

BYU Wants to Score

The BYU Cougars are playing a different brand of basketball in other teams in the league as they want to attack on offense. BYU is scoring over 85 points per game this season, and they can be tough to stop on their home floor. 

Guard Jaxson Robinson is scoring 13.9 points per game so far this season for BYU, but there are plenty of talented players on this roster. The Cougars are going to have to shoot the ball well from deep to win this game, but it won’t be easy. 

Getting stops on defense hasn’t always been easy for the BYU Cougars as they are giving up around 70 points per game. 

Houston Gets Job Done

These are two of the best teams in the country this season, but they don’t appear to be on the same level. BYU has really started to struggle now that their schedule has gotten tougher, and that is going to be the case in this game as well. 

This Houston team just continues to be great on defense this season, and that is how they are going to take control of this game. The Houston Cougars will make enough shots on the road to create a lead in this matchup, and their defense will do the rest. 

Bet on the Houston Cougars to win this game and cover the small 2.5-point betting spread on Tuesday night. 

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