Houston vs Longwood Prediction March Madness Picks 3/22

Houston vs Longwood Prediction March Madness Picks 3/22

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March Madness 2024: Longwood vs. Houston Preview and Prediction 

Get ready for an electrifying showdown as the Longwood Lancers (21-13) face off against the Houston Cougars (30-4) in the Men's Basketball Championship South Region 1st Round. Catch the action live on TNT on March 22, 2024, at 6:20 PM, broadcasting from the FedExForum in Memphis, TN.

 

Team Reviews

Longwood Lancers (21-13)

The Longwood Lancers had a commendable season in the Big South Conference, finishing with a respectable 21-13 record. Spearheaded by W. Napper, who averages 14.6 points per game, the Lancers have shown their capability to compete against tough competition.

In their recent performances, Longwood has displayed resilience and determination, securing victories against UNCA and HPU. With their sights set on a deep tournament run, they aim to make a statement against Houston.

 

Houston Cougars (30-4)

The Houston Cougars had a phenomenal season in the Big 12 Conference, boasting an impressive 30-4 record. Led by L.J. Cryer, who averages 15.3 points per game, Houston possesses a potent offensive arsenal that can overwhelm their opponents.

Despite a recent loss to ISU, Houston has been dominant in their previous matchups, showcasing their defensive prowess and offensive firepower. With their eyes set on a championship, they enter the NCAA Tournament with confidence and determination.

 

Prediction

The under of 128.5 points is the pick for this matchup. Here's why:

While Houston possesses a high-scoring offense, Longwood's defense has been solid throughout the season, holding opponents to low scoring outputs. Additionally, Longwood's style of play often involves controlling the pace and limiting possessions, which could result in a lower-scoring affair.

Furthermore, in high-stakes tournament games, teams tend to emphasize defense and minimize risks, leading to tighter defensive rotations and fewer open looks for shooters. Both teams understand the significance of each possession, which could contribute to a lower-scoring game.

Considering the defensive capabilities of both Longwood and Houston, along with the intensity of tournament basketball, expect a closely contested game with scoring opportunities limited on both ends of the court.

 

Pick: Under 128.5 Points

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