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Tulsa has had a quick start in American Athletic Conference play going 3-1. On Saturday, they travel to Tulane to face the Green Wave, a team they've dominated as of late going 9-1 SU in their last 10 meetings.
Meanwhile, Tulane hopes to snap this losing tendency and climb up the conference standings. At 2-3 in conference play, a win on Saturday could help them even their conference record.
Saturday's game takes place at Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse with tip-off slated for 2 p.m. EST.
Tulsa must snap its scoring woes on the roadThe Golden Hurricanes have an outstanding offense that fails to get off the bus when they travel. On the season, Tulsa averages 70 points per game. On the road, they average only 63 points on 39% shooting.
Their fortunes could change on Saturday as they face a Tulsa defense that struggles with consistency. The Green Wave allows opponents to score 66 points per game on 43% shooting.
One player who can benefit from this is Tulsa's Brandon Rachal. On the season, he averages almost 12 points per game on 39% shooting in road games. Given Tulane's defensive vulnerabilities, he should ample scoring opportunities.
They'll need his production too give the Golden Hurricanes' defensive struggles.
Tulane's offense ready for big performanceThe Green Wave has been good offensively on their home court where they average 73 points per game on 42% shooting. And they're facing a Tulsa defense that struggles on the road to corral offenses.
The Golden Hurricanes allow opponents to score 70 points per game on 41% shooting. Their defensive inconsistencies, combined with their lower-scoring offense, is a big reason why they're 2-4 SU in their last six road games.
To capitalize on this, Tulane must have a big game from Teshaun Hightower. In his last contest against UCF, he scored only two points in 21 minutes played, so it's entirely possible he could be in a slump right now.
For the season, though, he's been terrific at home. He averages over 15 points per game on 39% shooting, so if this confidence comes back to him on Saturday, I like Tulane's chances of hanging in.
Trends found on Odds Shark.com Tulane is:
- 6-1 SU in last 7 home games
- 5-0 SU in last 5 against Tulane
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Despite Tulsa's scoring struggles on the road, they're facing a Tulane defense that allows opponents to make 43% of their shots on their home court. Because of this, I'm confident the Golden Hurricanes are able to snap out of their scoring slump and light up the scoreboard. They'll need this too, as they're facing a Tulsa offense that averages 70 points per game on 42% shooting. Given these factors, I look for this to be a close game down the stretch and I'm slightly more confident in Tulsa's offensive abilities to make shots down the stretch (they're 45% on the season) to win this one.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both offenses have strong performances on Saturday. Tulsa faces a Tulane defense that allows opponents to make 43% of their shots while the Golden Hurricanes are far from formidable on the road, as opponents score 70 points per game on 41% shooting. These factors demonstrate this could be a higher-scoring game as both offenses exploit defensive vulnerabilities to find their scoring grooves. Due to this, I'm confident in taking the Over in this one.