Houston vs Memphis Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 5 (Cougars Face Tough Test Inside FedEx Forum)

Houston vs Memphis Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 5 (Cougars Face Tough Test Inside FedEx Forum)


Houston vs Memphis Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • No. 1 Houston (28-2, 16-1 AAC) vs. Memphis (23-7, 13-4 AAC)
  • Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: FedEx Forum -- Memphis, Tennessee
  • Coverage: CBS

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with a great matchup between the No. 1 Houston Cougars and Memphis Tigers. Houston extended its winning streak to 10 games with an 83-66 victory over Wichita State on Thursday as Jamal Shead and Marcus Sasser combined for 47 points.

Meanwhile, Memphis took down SMU by a score of 81-62 on Thursday to earn its sixth win in its last seven games. Kendric Davis shined for the Tigers with 23 points (7-of-18 shooting) and 10 assists. Head coach Penny Hardaway's team forced 19 turnovers, too.

Which AAC squad will win on Sunday? Let's dive in and take a closer look.

Houston vs Memphis Odds & Spread

Houston enters this contest as a notable road favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 12 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 145.5 points, which is above average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

Houston vs Memphis Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, Houston is 17-13-0 this season.
  • The Cougars are 16-13 as 5.5-point favorites or more.
  • Houston has seen 15 of its 30 games hit the over.
  • Memphis' record against the spread is 16-14-0.
  • The Tigers are unbeaten ATS (2-0) as a 5.5-point underdog or more this season.
  • There have been 17 Memphis games (out of 30) that went over the total this season.
Houston Rank Houston AVG Memphis AVG Memphis Rank
72nd 76.3 Points Scored 79.9 22nd
2nd 56.2 Points Allowed 72.8 261st
13th 36.1 Rebounds 32 163rd
5th 11.8 Off. Rebounds 8.6 179th
119th 7.9 3pt Made 5.8 327th
50th 15.1 Assists 15.8 26th
8th 9.2 Turnovers 13.5 316th

Houston vs Memphis Prediction & Pick

There's a lot on the line inside FedEx Forum on Sunday. The Cougars are looking to secure the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, while the Tigers are aiming to secure an at-large bid in March Madness. A win would boost the odds, while a loss would put a damper on things moving forward.

Houston took down Memphis by a score of 72-64 inside the Fertitta Center on Feb. 19 and I expect a similar result here. The Cougars shoot 37.1% from three-point range and 73.4% from the free throw line on the road, which are both top-100 marks in the nation. A rowdy crowd shouldn't scare them.

Houston has won five of its last seven games against Memphis, so trust the Cougars to keep rolling.

Final Score Prediction: Houston: 75 | Memphis: 72

Houston vs Memphis Best Bet

Houston has won five straight away games but is only 2-3 against the spread (ATS) during that span. The Cougars have let less talented teams stick around and now have to face the second-best squad in the conference. They are a disappointing 1-8 ATS in their last nine games against Memphis, too.

The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last six home games against the Cougars and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games played in March. Hardaway made the right adjustments in the first meeting as Memphis outscored Houston in the second half to keep it close. He'll make the right adjustments here as well.

Bet: Memphis Tigers +4.5 (-104)

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