Tom Stryker’s Free Basketball Play February 2nd


#698 HOUSTON (-17) over Tulane at 8 PM EST
Off the road win and cover at UCF and with a pair of battles at Cincinnati and SMU on deck, Houston will make sure it takes care of business inside the Fertitta Center on Wednesday evening. Tulane scoots into this AAC battle off back-to-back SU and ATS victories at home over Tulsa and Wichita State and this will be a massive challenge for head coach Ron Hunter and his kids.

A quick peek at the History Book shows that the Cougars have been in complete control of this series notching a profitable 19-7 SU and 18-8 ATS record in the last 26 meetings. In this setting hitting the hardwood with steam off a straight up win, UH improves to an elite 14-4 SU and ATS. Also, since the start of the 2017-18 season, head coach Kelvin Sampson and his crew own a blistering 129-26 SU and 84-56-1 ATS mark including a stunning 37-15-1 ATS if they are fighting a foe that holds a pointspread won/loss percentage of .550 or better. With those two parameters in play and Houston competing with four or more days of rest, this team trend explodes to a powerful 21-5-1 ATS including a nearly perfect 14-1-1 ATS provided this is a conference game. (Make that 13-0-1 ATS if the Cougars are favored by -2 or more and those four criteria are live!)

The Green Wave are locked into a negative wagering spot too. When matched up against an opponent that busts in with steam off two or more straight up wins, Tulane holds a dismal 90-134-4 ATS record in its last 228 lined games. In this situation priced as a double-digit underdog, Coach Hunter’s boys fall to a disturbing 22-52 ATS including a pitiful 10-35 ATS if they hit the hardwood off four or more days rest. With those three parameters cranking away and the Wave fighting a foe that arrives with four or more days of rest as well, this angle falls to a horrible 3-22 ATS including a shocking 0-17 SU and ATS if they are priced between +12 and +24.

The Cougars have won 36 straight in their own backyard and, behind a scoring defense that is ranked 2nd in the NCAA (56.3 ppg) and 2nd in the NCAA in scoring margin (+20.7 ppg), they’ll have no trouble pounding the Green Wave. Take Houston. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.

TJ got the job done for the TSPC with his Private Players SEC Game of the Year winner on Mississippi State last night and Mick takes over on Wednesday armed with one college basketball juggernaut that will break the bank. A nearly perfect 12-1 ATS angle supports this selection along with major motivation. Grab Mick’s 4* CBB Pot ‘o Gold Game of the Month for $30.