Houston vs Cleveland State March Madness Odds — First Round 2021

Posted By Staff on March 15, 2021 - Last Updated on March 16, 2021

The No. 2 seed Houston Cougars (24-3) and the No. 15 seed Cleveland State Vikings (19-7) will meet in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 7:15 PM ET. Houston is favored by points in the contest, which airs on TRU. Here’s everything you need to know about this 2-15 matchup when filling out your brackets.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 15, 2021, 4:10 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Betting Odds

Houston Betting Information

  • The Cougars have put together an 18-8 record against the spread this season.
  • The Cougars are an even 1-1 against the spread this season when they are at least a 20-point favorite.
  • Houston and its opponents have gone over the set over/under in 13 of 26 games this season (50%).
  • The Cougars knocked off Cincinnati 91-54 and covered the spread as 13.5-point favorites, while going over the 135 point total in their last outing on Sunday. Quentin Grimes totaled a team-high 21 points in the victory.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

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Houston Players to Watch

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Quentin Grimes 25 18.0 6.0 1.9 1.3 0.3 3.3
Marcus Sasser 24 13.7 2.3 2.3 1.3 0.0 2.6
DeJon Jarreau 26 11.0 5.5 4.4 1.4 0.5 1.0
Justin Gorham 26 8.6 9.0 1.1 0.8 0.5 0.7
Tramon Mark 27 8.1 3.1 1.9 1.0 0.2 0.7

Cleveland State Betting Information

  • Cleveland State has routinely covered the spread this season with a record ATS of 17-8.
  • 46.2% of Cleveland State’s 26 games this season fell below the over/under.
  • The Vikings beat Oakland 80-69 and covered the spread as 2.5-point favorites, while going over the 141.5 point total on Tuesday in their most recent game. Torrey Patton totaled a team-high 23 points to propel them to the victory.

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Cleveland State Players to Watch

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Torrey Patton 26 14.9 8.1 2.7 1.0 0.1 1.1
Tre Gomillion 26 10.5 5.2 2.5 0.8 0.2 0.1
D’Moi Hodge 25 10.5 3.8 1.6 1.6 0.7 1.5
Craig Beaudion 26 9.5 2.1 3.3 1.2 0.2 0.8
Algevon Eichelberger 18 6.2 3.4 1.2 0.4 0.2 0.1

Total Facts

  • Houston’s games this year have resulted in a higher total score than Friday’s matchup total (135 points) in 44.4% of opportunities (12 out of 27 matchups).
  • In 16 out of Cleveland State’s 26 games this year (61.5%), the competing teams scored more points than the over/under in Friday’s matchup.
  • Together, the two teams combine for 149.1 points per game, 14.1 points more than the point total of 135 for this matchup.
  • These two teams give up a combined 128.5 points per game, 6.5 points less than this contest’s over/under.
  • On average, the Cougars have seen a 135.5 over/under in their games this season, 0.5 more points than the over/under in this matchup.
  • The over/under for this matchup is seven points fewer than the average over/under in Vikings games this season (142 points).

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