The No. 1 seed Houston Cougars (31-3) and the No. 16 seed Northern Kentucky Norse (22-12) will meet on Thursday at 9:20 PM in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Houston is an 18.5-point favorite in the contest, which airs on TNT. Here's everything you need to know ahead of this 1-16 matchup in the Midwest Region bracket. The point total in the matchup is set at 121.5.

Houston vs. Northern Kentucky Odds & Info

  • Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
  • Time: 9:20 PM ET
  • TV: TNT
  • Where: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Venue: Legacy Arena at BJCC
Favorite Spread Over/Under
Houston -18.5 121.5

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Houston Betting Records & Stats

  • In 24 games this season, Houston and its opponents have scored more than 121.5 combined points.
  • The average total in Houston's contests this year is 131.5, 10.0 more points than this game's over/under.
  • The Cougars' ATS record is 16-15-0 this season.
  • This season, Houston has won 24 out of the 27 games, or 88.9%, in which it has been favored.
  • Houston has a record of 9-1, a 90% win rate, when it's favored by -5000 or more by oddsmakers this season.
  • The moneyline for this contest implies a 98% chance of a victory for Houston.

Houston vs. Northern Kentucky Over/Under Stats

Games Over 121.5 % of Games Over 121.5 Average PPG Combined Average PPG Average Opponent PPG Combined Average Opponent PPG Average Total
Houston 24 77.4% 75 143.2 56.5 120.1 134.7
Northern Kentucky 21 72.4% 68.2 143.2 63.6 120.1 132.1

Additional Houston Insights & Trends

  • Houston has gone 9-1 over its last 10 contests, with a 3-7 record against the spread in that span.
  • In their past 10 games, the Cougars have gone over the total four times.
  • The 75 points per game the Cougars score are 11.4 more points than the Norse give up (63.6).
  • Houston is 15-10 against the spread and 27-1 overall when scoring more than 63.6 points.

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Houston vs. Northern Kentucky Betting Splits

ATS Record ATS Record Against 18.5+ Point Spread Over/Under Record (O-U-P)
Houston 16-15-0 9-5 14-17-0
Northern Kentucky 14-15-0 0-0 12-17-0

Houston vs. Northern Kentucky Home/Away Splits

Houston Northern Kentucky
16-2 Home Record 14-3
11-0 Away Record 6-6
8-8-0 Home ATS Record 7-7-0
6-4-0 Away ATS Record 6-4-0
77.3 Points Scored Per Game (Home) 72.7
75.6 Points Scored Per Game (Away) 63.3
7-9-0 Over-Under-Push Record (Home) 7-7-0
5-5-0 Over-Under-Push Record (Away) 3-7-0

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