Houston Cougars vs. Cleveland State Vikings NCAAB Men’s Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Insights, and Trends for March 19, 2021

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BetMGM Jul 20, 2021, 3.49 PM

The No. 2 Houston Cougars (24-3) and the No. 15 Cleveland State Vikings (19-7) are set to meet in their opening-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, starting at 7:15 PM ET on TRU. Houston is a 20-point favorite in this game. Here's everything you need to know about this Midwest Region matchup as you fill out your brackets.

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Houston vs Cleveland State Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Houston -20 -110 -109 134.5 -112 -109 -3763 1400

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Point Total Insights

  • Houston and its opponents have gone over the current 134.5 total in 12 of 27 games (44.4%) this season.
  • 2020-21 Cleveland State games have gone over Friday's over/under on 16 of 26 occasions (61.5%).
  • The 128.5 combined points per game that these two squads have allowed this season are 6.0 fewer than the 134.5 total in this contest.
  • The Cougars record 77.6 points per game, seven more points than the 70.6 the Vikings give up.
  • The Vikings average 13.6 more points per game (71.5) than the Cougars give up (57.9).
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    Houston Betting Data

  • Against the spread, Houston has been strong this season, posting an 18-7 record.
  • When favored by at least 20 points, the Cougars have fared well against the spread, compiling a 3-1 record.
  • Houston and its opponents have reached the over/under in just 0 of 25 games this season (0%).
  • Place a bet on the Houston Cougars to win this matchup at the BetMGM online sportsbook.

    Houston Leaders

    Cougars Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Quentin Grimes 16 19.9 5.9 2.0 1.6 0.4 3.7
    DeJon Jarreau 6 13.3 6.7 5.5 1.7 0.7 1.5
    Marcus Sasser 15 13.3 2.1 1.9 1.1 0.1 2.8
    Justin Gorham 16 7.9 8.6 1.4 0.7 0.5 0.5
    Cameron Tyson 11 6.8 0.9 0.5 0.1 0.0 2.1

    Cleveland State Betting Data

  • The Vikings have a 13-10-1 record against the spread, covering in 54.2% of their contests.
  • When they are at least 20-point underdogs, the Vikings have not fared well, going 0-1 against the spread.
  • In the majority of Cleveland State's games this year, the teams have not hit the over (0 out of 24 games, 0%).
  • Place a bet on the Cleveland State Vikings to win this matchup at the BetMGM online sportsbook.

    Cleveland State Leaders

    Vikings Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Torrey Patton 16 14.9 8.6 2.7 0.9 0.1 0.9
    Tre Gomillion 16 11.3 5.6 2.6 0.8 0.2 0.1
    Craig Beaudion 16 8.7 1.9 3.3 1.2 0.3 0.8
    Algevon Eichelberger 10 6.2 3.9 1.6 0.5 0.3 0.1
    Deante Johnson 15 5.7 5.5 1.2 0.6 1.2 0.1
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