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Sunday’s College Basketball Betting Previews: Saint Louis-Houston, Nebraska-Oklahoma State

Dec 16, 2018 11:45 AM EST
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Denny Medley, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Tim Miles

After Saturday’s jam-packed college basketball slate, we’re not left for dead on Sunday as the slate includes undefeated Houston against Saint Louis and Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State, which is in in search of its fifth win in its past six games.

Which sides present the most value? Let’s dissect each matchup.


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Saint Louis Billikens at Houston Cougars

  • Spread: Houston -8.5
  • Over/under: 129
  • Tip: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPNU

The Cougars have received an abundance of praise for their 24th-rated Adjusted Defensive Efficiency (94.0 opponents’ Points Per 100 Possessions), but don’t ignore the Billikens in that department.

Saint Louis owns the 13th-ranked AdjD (92.2 opponents’ Points Per 100 Possessions), stymieing Seton Hall on the road for the cover while accomplishing the same in a 12-point home win over Butler.

Travis Ford’s unit will need to hold the Cougars (6-2-1 against the spread) off the offensive glass to stay within single digits, as they racked up 18 of them against the LSU to overcome a 15-point second half deficit in their latest affair. Houston does a fantastic job of gang rebounding, especially with the 49th-lowest Average Height in the country.

The Billikens (3-6 ATS) are sound themselves, ranking No. 31 and No. 99 in Defensive and Offensive Rebounding Rate, respectively. They also have the size advantage, and do-it-all wing Javon Bess (20.2% Defensive Rebounding Rate) should play a major role in his unit winning that battle.

If it controls the pace, Bess (14.3 points per game) will have his looks at the other end vs. a defense lacking a viable one-on-one matchup for him.

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