In a Sweet 16 game at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo., the Houston Cougars will take on the Miami Hurricanes on Friday night. The Cougars, seeded number one in their region, will face the five seed Hurricanes, who caused an upset in the last round. Despite the discrepancy in seedings, both teams have had their highs and lows in the first two rounds, and the winner will be just one win away from the Elite Eight. The victor will face either Xavier or Texas in the next round.
Miami had a tough start against Drake in the first round, but they dominated against Indiana in the second round. Led by Isaiah Wong, the ACC’s Player of the Year, the Hurricanes have a potent offense. However, they will be without Wooga Poplar, who is questionable due to injury. Miami has been battle-tested over the last few weeks and has the ability to defend across multiple positions.
Houston also had a difficult start in the first round against Northern Kentucky but showed improvement in the second half against Auburn. With a strong defense, the Cougars have plowed through their schedule, although they haven’t faced many challenges recently. The team will be missing Ramon Walker Jr., but Marcus Sasser is back in the lineup. Houston has a 17-1 record in road and neutral site games and will be confident about their chances.
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The game could be decided by second-chance points and which team can control the frontcourt. Miami’s offense will face a challenge against Houston’s defense, which ranks second nationally in scoring defense, field-goal percent defense, and three-point defense. Houston’s offense, led by Sasser, has five double-digit scorers and is ranked in the top 100 for scoring and field-goal percentage offense. However, the team’s inexperience on the bench could become an issue if they get into foul trouble.
The winner of this game will be one step closer to the Final Four, and both teams have a chance to make it. Despite the seed discrepancy, this matchup could go either way, and it will be exciting to see who comes out on top.
Miami Florida Hurricanes vs Houston Cougars Game Information
- Date: 03/24/2023
- Time: 07:15 PM ET
- Location: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO.
- How to Watch Miami Florida vs Houston : ESPN+
- Live Stream: CBS.com
Miami Florida vs Houston Betting Lines
Miami Florida is +282 according to our Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $282.On the other side, Houston is -355 according to the Vegas NCAAB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $28.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines has Miami Florida at a 26.18% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Houston has 78.02% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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