March Madness: San Diego State and Houston Preview

NCAA March Madness

March Madness Sees Both Teams On Huge Rolls

March Madness Round of 64 will not produce a more intriguing game than San Diego State and Houston. The fans at Intrust Bank Arena will see the 11th seeded San Diego State Aztecs and the 6th seeded Houston Cougars on Thursday evening.

Tip-off is scheduled for around 7:20 pm EST and TBS will have the coverage.

Oddsmakers opened the Cougars as -3.5-point favorites versus the Aztecs, while the game’s total opened at 143. Houston is now 4.5-point favorites and the total is down to 141.

The Cougars, runners-up in the American Athletic Conference Tournament, and the Aztecs,winners of the Mountain West championship, have been on a roll over the second half of the season.

Now it’s just a matter of keeping that momentum going on the NCAA Tournament. In these win-or-go-home scenario’s and the spotlights are the brightest.

Houston has had one of its best seasons in decades. They broke into the Top 25. They reached as high as No. 21. The Cougars finished in a tie for second place in the AAC. The Cougars dominated Arkansas of the SEC.

Both teams are healthy and ready to prove they belong in March Madness

Houston also had top-10 wins over Cincinnati and Wichita State, and did not lose consecutive games.

They came within a point of beating Cincinnati in the AAC tournament final after beating Wichita State (who was granted a No. 4 seed) in the semifinals. Cincy is a No. 2 seed in the NCAAs and won the league’s regular-season title.

Houston heads to the NCAA tournament with 12 wins in its last 15 games. They also have an RPI higher than most of the tournament’s fourth and fifth seeds.

San Diego State captured three games in three days at the Mountain West tournament. That includes the final against New Mexico, to earn its berth in the NCAAs. The Aztecs have won nine straight games since the return of injured guard Trey Kell in mid-February.

San Diego State is making its first NCAA appearance since 2015 and its seventh in the last nine seasons.

Houston and San Diego State have played twice in the past. The Aztecs’ posted a 78-66 victory in San Diego on Jan. 29, 2002 and a 71-61 victory in Houston the following season Dec. 21, 2002.

The winner of the San Diego State-Houston clash will square off against the winner of the No. 3 Michigan and No. 14 Montana matchup on Saturday.

Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
San Diego State22-1020-1077.5067.919.5911-24-714-15-14-96-5

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
Team Records

San Diego State Aztecs

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 109-14-05-18-24-04-276.4066.909.50
vs Conf14-78-16-614-78-16-677.1069.577.53

Houston Cougars

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 108-25-03-28-24-14-178.0062.5015.50
vs Conf16-510-06-513-7-17-2-16-575.2963.9011.39


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense77.506264.9120
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense77.426367.9151

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
San Diego State2-02-01-074.5031.0043.2034.5015/398.50

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Dec 21, 2002SD.ST71HOUST614SD.STOHOUSTSD.STSD.ST283042.643.938316/225/1484
Jan 29, 2002HOUST66SD.ST78-9SD.ST0OSD.STHOUSTSD.ST283442.643.834314/139/1799

March Madness Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

San Diego State Aztecs

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Mar 10, 2018NEWMX82-75W-4150W/O50.0072.415A
Mar 9, 2018NEV90-73W2.5150W/O51.8576.478A
Mar 8, 2018FRSNO64-52W-4138W/U42.3170.833A
Mar 3, 2018NEV79-74W-1.5153.5W/U49.1854.557H
Feb 27, 2018BOISE72-64W-5144W/U45.2879.311H

Houston Cougars

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Mar 11, 2018CINCY55-56L4.5132.5W/U34.5583.337A
Mar 10, 2018WICHI77-74W3149W/O41.8274.198A
Mar 9, 2018UCF84-56W-9126.5W/O57.8970.004H
Mar 4, 2018UCONN81-71W-14.5141L/O45.2873.538H
Feb 28, 2018SMU69-56W-6133.5W/U44.2675.009A

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