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How and what to watch for No. 8 Houston vs. South Florida

USF hasn’t played a game in over a month, and this isn’t how you want to restart your season.

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Houston Cougars guard Marcus Sasser celebrates with teammates after defeating the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Fertitta Center. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The South Florida Bulls haven’t played a college basketball game in 32 days, and they’ll come back to the sport by hosting the No. 8 Houston Cougars at the Yuengling Center on Wednesday night.

USF (7-5, 3-3 AAC) saw both their men’s and women’s teams awash in COVID-19, and the practice facility they share became a super-spreader building. The Bulls did win two of their last three before going on hiatus, with wins against C. Florida and E. Carolina sandwiching a loss at home to Tulsa. Freshman point guard Caleb Murphy looks like a future all-conference candidate, and senior David Collins leads all scorers with 12.3 points per game. The Bulls are third from the bottom in Division I free throw shooting percentage at 59.8%.

Houston (16-2, 10-2 AAC) are coming off a 112-46 win over Our Lady of The Lake, an NAIA school they randomly scheduled to get a game in last Saturday. Quentin Grimes is a leading candidate for conference player of the year with 16.2 points per game for a team with the fifth-best schedule adjusted defense in college basketball. The Coogs hold opponents to just 26.4% from three-point range, and are the No. 1 team in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage, recovering 40.3% of their misses.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Houston vs. South Florida on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU, or you can watch via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Houston -12
Point Total: 128
Money line: Houston -1000 South Florida +600

  • Houston are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games, with USF just 5-6 vs. the number this season.
  • South Florida has played five straight games that hit the under, and UH has gone over in five of their last seven.

The Best Bet

Who knows what you’re going to get from a team that hasn’t played in over a month and just started practicing a few days ago. But when they’re facing an opponent that rebounds and defends as well as the Cougars of Kelvin Sampson, it’s likely not a great way to restart your season.

Pick: Houston -12

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