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

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
San Diego State 22-10 20-10 77.50 67.91 9.59 11-2 4-7 14-15-1 4-9 6-5
Houston 26-7 18-10-1 77.42 64.91 12.51 8-2-1 5-7 13-16 4-7 6-6

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
SD.ST 14.91 11.94 1.25
HOUST 14.91 12.15 1.23
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
SD.ST 11.03 26.56 37.59
HOUST 11.85 26.73 38.58
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
SD.ST 46.11 41.81 4.3
HOUST 46.59 39.63 6.96
Team Records

San Diego State Aztecs

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 22-10 14-3 8-7 20-10 12-3 8-7 77.50 67.91 9.59
Last 10 9-1 4-0 5-1 8-2 4-0 4-2 76.40 66.90 9.50
vs Conf 14-7 8-1 6-6 14-7 8-1 6-6 77.10 69.57 7.53

Houston Cougars

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 26-7 16-1 10-6 18-10-1 9-3-1 9-7 77.42 64.91 12.51
Last 10 8-2 5-0 3-2 8-2 4-1 4-1 78.00 62.50 15.50
vs Conf 16-5 10-0 6-5 13-7-1 7-2-1 6-5 75.29 63.90 11.39

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 77.50 62 64.91 20
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 77.42 63 67.91 51

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
San Diego State 2-0 2-0 1-0 74.50 31.00 43.20 34.50 15/39 8.50
Houston 0-2 0-2 1-0 63.50 29.00 43.24 32.50 9/27 6.50

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Dec 21, 2002 SD.ST 71 HOUST 61 4 SD.ST O HOUST SD.ST SD.ST 28 30 42.6 43.9 38 31 6/22 5/14 8 4
Jan 29, 2002 HOUST 66 SD.ST 78 -9 SD.ST 0 O SD.ST HOUST SD.ST 28 34 42.6 43.8 34 31 4/13 9/17 9 9

March Madness Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

San Diego State Aztecs

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 10, 2018 NEWMX 82-75 W -4 150 W/O 50.00 72.41 5 A
Mar 9, 2018 NEV 90-73 W 2.5 150 W/O 51.85 76.47 8 A
Mar 8, 2018 FRSNO 64-52 W -4 138 W/U 42.31 70.83 3 A
Mar 3, 2018 NEV 79-74 W -1.5 153.5 W/U 49.18 54.55 7 H
Feb 27, 2018 BOISE 72-64 W -5 144 W/U 45.28 79.31 1 H

Houston Cougars

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 11, 2018 CINCY 55-56 L 4.5 132.5 W/U 34.55 83.33 7 A
Mar 10, 2018 WICHI 77-74 W 3 149 W/O 41.82 74.19 8 A
Mar 9, 2018 UCF 84-56 W -9 126.5 W/O 57.89 70.00 4 H
Mar 4, 2018 UCONN 81-71 W -14.5 141 L/O 45.28 73.53 8 H
Feb 28, 2018 SMU 69-56 W -6 133.5 W/U 44.26 75.00 9 A

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