- The Houston Cougars are favored by 5.5 points against the Virginia Cavaliers.
- The Oregon Ducks have -105 odds to cover 4.5 points against the BYU Cougars.
- The betting total for the Alabama Crimson Tide and South Alabama Jaguars game is set at 149.0 points.
HOUSTON - Many of the top college basketball teams are in action on Tuesday, meaning there’s value to be found throughout the slate of games.
Both the Houston Cougars and Virginia Cavaliers had tough first games of the season but improved in their second contest. Now, the two are set to play one another in a game that online sportsbooks are expecting to be closer than it should.
Virginia vs Houston Spread Odds
- Virginia Cavaliers +5.5 -110
- Houston Cougars -5.5 -110
Neither team has faced a legit opponent yet and are playing similarly defensively. UVA allows 59.0 points per game while Houston is giving up 60.5. However, there’s a noticeable difference in the team’s offensive abilities.
The Cougars are scoring 15.5 more points per game and shooting a better percentage.
Houston also rebounds better which should play a big part in a game where the total is set at just 119.0 points. Expect the Cougars to use their superior offense and home-court advantage to cover this spread. If the Cavaliers fall behind, they don’t have the offensive firepower to get back in the game.
ESPN will have coverage of the game starting at 8 p.m. EST.
Oregon Ducks Vs. BYU Cougars
Simply put, the Oregon Ducks are being undervalued in their game against the BYU Cougars.
The Ducks have won their two games by 17 and 23 points while BYU has yet to win by more than 10 points despite both teams playing similar levels of competition. Those betting on college basketball can find Oregon favored by just two possessions.
BYU vs Oregon Spread Odds
- BYU Cougars +4.5 -115
- Oregon Ducks -4.5 -105
BYU has just one player that can score, Alex Barcello. He’s averaging 20.5 points per game while nobody else on the team is in double-digits.
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Oregon has five players averaging 10.0+ points per game and is the much more talented and well-rounded team. The current spread seems slightly disrespectful to a team that has so much experience (the top six players in minutes are either juniors or seniors).
ESPN will air the game at 10 p.m. EST.
Alabama Crimson Tide Vs. South Alabama Jaguars
It’s no secret that the Alabama Crimson Tide like to be a part of high-scoring games. Yet, the total for their game against the South Alabama Jaguars is set at a low number, considering it’s still Alabama.
Alabama vs South Alabama Total Odds
- OVER 149.0 -105
- UNDER 149.5 -115
The Crimson Tide average 98.5 points per game and allow 76.0 on average for a total of 174.5 points per game. South Alabama scores as well, averaging 80.0 points per game.
However, the USA defense has played well, allowing just 52.5 points through two games.
Regardless, the offense scoring nearly 100 points per game and ranked in the top 15 in the country should be able to score on a defense from the Sun Belt. It wouldn’t be surprising to find this total go well north of the set number as Alabama’s previous two games have totaled 192 and 157 points.
SECN+ and ESPN+ will have coverage of the game at 7:30 p.m. EST.
Nick got involved with the world of sports at a young age and never turned his back on it. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Broadcast/Journalism. In his free time, you can catch him at the bottom of the leaderboards on any video game he’s playing.