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Lamar Cardinals vs. Houston Cougars Pick & Prediction NOV 25TH 2020

FinishedHofheinz Pavilion Houston

OP
139
-20.5
CU
138.5o -110
-21.5 -114
ML
1507
-4110
Partials
1 2 3 4
15 30
35 54
Score
45
89
Recap
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For the first time in 37 years, the Houston Cougars will open a season ranked among the Top 25 in the AP preseason poll, perhaps the clearest indication of their ascent under veteran coach Kelvin Sampson.

The 17th-ranked Cougars (23-8, 13-5 American Athletic Conference last season) have won 20-plus games in each of the past five seasons and have been ranked a total of 30 weeks during the past three seasons with three Top 25 finishes. Houston will open this campaign Wednesday hosting Lamar at the Fertitta Center as a fixture in the polls while seeking to maintain program momentum.

With four returning starters and seven lettermen -- including standout sophomore guard Caleb Mills, the league's preseason Player of the Year -- back in the fold, Sampson has the talent to advance the program an additional step. But like others, the Cougars had their share of interruptions during the summer months while preparing for this season, and Sampson has taken efforts to make sure that his players manage the best they can in unprecedented times.

"It was unusual, to say the least, but we were no different than anybody else," Sampson said. "You just kind of deal with it.

"That's the new norm. To say that it's unfair, it's what it is. It's just the way the country is. You adjust to what you have and the situations you have. That's what we're doing."

Lamar (17-15, 10-10 Southland last season), like most programs nationwide, is approaching the 2020-21 campaign with a mix of enthusiasm and trepidation. Having witnessed the postponements and cancellations experienced by college football certainly gives basketball programs reason for concern. Still, the opportunity to play games in the aftermath of last season's hasty adjournment is cause for celebration.

"I would say there is added excitement for this year just because of all the question marks that surrounded COVID," Lamar coach Tic Price said. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think that when we left the conference tournament last season because of the virus that we would still be dealing with it so many months later."

Ten of the Cardinals' 26 scheduled games are set to be played at the Montagne Center in Beaumont, with seven of their first eight on the road. Following the opener at Houston, Lamar will play four more road games prior to their home opener against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 15.

That represents a challenging start for any program. Opening the slate against the nationally ranked Cougars will offer a stiff test right out of the gate for the Cardinals.

"There is an old cliche in sports: us against the world. And that's the attitude we're going to have to take on this year," Price said. "We're going to have to be road warriors this season and have the mental toughness that goes along with that description. Obviously, we have to stay healthy, but I also believe the team that is the most disciplined off the court and can avoid some of the pitfalls that can occur during this time with COVID has a real chance of success."

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 50% L 50%
5 5
  • @Houston L 45 - 89
  • McNeese St. W 59 - 80
  • McNeese St. L 70 - 66
  • @Stephen F. Austin L 76 - 95
  • Incarnate Word W 66 - 86
  • Texas A&M CC W 62 - 79
  • @Sam Houston St. W 77 - 65
  • Houston Baptist W 69 - 79
  • @Nicholls State L 65 - 69
  • @Abilene Christian L 49 - 84
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Lamar W 45 - 89
  • Memphis W 57 - 64
  • @Connecticut L 71 - 77
  • Cincinnati W 55 - 68
  • @Memphis L 59 - 60
  • Tulsa W 43 - 76
  • @Southern Methodist L 72 - 73
  • @South Florida W 62 - 58
  • Wichita St. W 43 - 76
  • Tulane W 62 - 75

Next Games

  • @Tulane(12-30-10) L 77 - 93
  • @Lipscomb(12-31-69)
  • @Air Force(12-31-69)
  • Boise St.(12-22-14) L 75 - 73
  • @Texas Tech(12-31-69)
  • South Carolina(12-31-69)

Last Meetings

  • Cardinals @ Cougars 45-89
  • Cardinals @ Cougars 56-79

Mid-American

EastWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Ohio Bobcats201.000 0-02-084.066.5W22-0-0
Miami (OH) Red Hawks101.000 1-00-081.067.0W11-0-0
Bowling Green Falcons01.000 0-00-182.096.0L10-0-1

America East

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
New Hampshire Wildcats101.000 1-00-093.054.0W11-0-0
Massachusetts Lowell River Hawks101.000 0-01-076.068.0W11-0-0
MD Baltimore County Retrievers01.000 0-00-162.070.0L10-0-1

American Athletic Conference

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Southern Methodist Mustangs101.000 1-00-097.067.0W11-0-0
South Florida Bulls101.000 1-00-094.084.0W11-0-0
Houston Cougars101.000 1-00-089.045.0W11-0-0
Memphis Tigers11.500 0-11-071.065.5L11-0-1

Atlantic 10

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Saint Louis Billikens101.000 1-00-089.052.0W11-0-0
Davidson Wildcats101.000 1-00-082.073.0W11-0-0
VCU Rams11.500 0-01-175.573.5L11-0-1
La Salle Explorers01.000 0-00-165.082.0L10-0-1
St. Joseph's (PA) Hawks01.000 0-10-091.096.0L10-0-1
George Washington Colonials01.000 0-00-171.078.0L10-0-1
Rhode Island Rams01.000 0-10-088.094.0L10-0-1

Atlantic Coast

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Wake Forest Demon Deacons101.000 1-00-0111.051.0W11-0-0
NC State Wolfpack101.000 1-00-095.061.0W11-0-0
Virginia Cavaliers101.000 1-00-089.054.0W11-0-0
Louisville Cardinals101.000 1-00-079.044.0W11-0-0
Clemson Tigers101.000 0-01-053.042.0W11-0-0
Virginia Tech Hokies101.000 1-00-077.062.0W11-0-0
North Carolina Tar Heels101.000 1-00-079.060.0W11-0-0
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets01.000 0-10-0120.0123.0L10-0-1
Boston College Eagles01.000 0-10-067.076.0L10-0-1
Pittsburgh Panthers01.000 0-10-070.080.0L10-0-1

Atlantic Sun

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Jacksonville Dolphins101.000 1-00-099.057.0W11-0-0
Kennesaw St. Fighting Owls101.000 1-00-087.040.0W11-0-0
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles101.000 1-00-065.056.0W11-0-0
North Alabama Lions101.000 1-00-098.074.0W11-0-0
Liberty Flames11.500 0-01-174.075.0L11-0-1
North Florida Osprey01.000 0-10-067.080.0L10-0-1

Big 12

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
West Virginia Mountaineers201.000 2-00-078.568.5W22-0-0
Texas Christian Horned Frogs101.000 1-00-069.045.0W11-0-0
Texas Tech Red Raiders101.000 1-00-0101.058.0W11-0-0
Oklahoma State Cowboys101.000 0-01-075.068.0W11-0-0
Texas Longhorns101.000 1-00-091.055.0W11-0-0
Kansas Jayhawks01.000 0-00-190.0102.0L10-0-1
Kansas State Wildcats01.000 0-10-070.080.0L10-0-1

Big East

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
St. John's Red Storm201.000 2-00-079.070.0W22-0-0
Xavier Musketeers201.000 2-00-076.049.5W22-0-0
Providence Friars101.000 1-00-097.056.0W11-0-0
Georgetown Hoyas101.000 1-00-070.062.0W11-0-0
Villanova Wildcats101.000 0-01-076.067.0W11-0-0
Connecticut Huskies101.000 1-00-0102.075.0W11-0-0
Butler Bulldogs101.000 1-00-066.062.0W11-0-0
Marquette Golden Eagles101.000 1-00-099.057.0W11-0-0

Big Sky

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Weber St. Wildcats101.000 1-00-088.060.0W11-0-0
Montana St. Bobcats101.000 0-01-091.078.0W11-0-0
Sacramento State Hornets101.000 1-00-0101.057.0W11-0-0
Idaho State Bengals01.000 0-00-149.062.0L10-0-1
Southern Utah Thunderbirds01.000 0-00-183.085.0L10-0-1

Big South

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
South Carolina Upstate Spartans01.000 0-10-072.082.0L10-0-1
Charleston Southern Buccaneers01.000 0-00-161.095.0L10-0-1
Radford Highlanders01.000 0-00-162.077.0L10-0-1
High Point Panthers01.000 0-00-173.082.0L10-0-1

Big Ten

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Illinois Fighting Illini201.000 2-00-0109.549.0W22-0-0
Michigan Wolverines101.000 1-00-096.082.0W11-0-0
Ohio St Buckeyes101.000 1-00-094.067.0W11-0-0
Iowa Hawkeyes101.000 1-00-097.067.0W11-0-0
Rutgers Scarlet Knights101.000 1-00-086.063.0W11-0-0
Purdue Boilermakers101.000 1-00-077.064.0W11-0-0
Wisconsin Badgers101.000 1-00-077.067.0W11-0-0
Indiana Hoosiers101.000 1-00-089.059.0W11-0-0
Maryland Terrapins101.000 1-00-085.067.0W11-0-0
Michigan St Spartans101.000 1-00-083.067.0W11-0-0
Minnesota Golden Gophers101.000 1-00-099.069.0W11-0-0
Nebraska Cornhuskers11.500 1-10-084.062.0L11-0-1

Big West

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
CSU Northridge Matadors101.000 1-00-097.079.0W11-0-0
UC Riverside Highlanders01.000 0-00-160.066.0L10-0-1
UC Davis Aggies01.000 0-00-193.0101.0L10-0-1
UC Irvine Anteaters01.000 0-00-172.086.0L10-0-1

Colonial Athletic Association

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Elon University Phoenix101.000 1-00-082.052.0W11-0-0
James Madison Dukes101.000 1-00-089.055.0W11-0-0
Charleston Cougars01.000 0-00-160.079.0L10-0-1
NC-Wilmington Seahawks01.000 0-00-176.098.0L10-0-1
Towson Tigers02.000 0-00-261.084.0L20-0-2

Conference USA

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers201.000 0-02-084.078.0W22-0-0
UAB Blazers101.000 1-00-099.050.0W11-0-0
Texas-El Paso Miners101.000 1-00-0100.081.0W11-0-0
Florida International Golden Panthers101.000 1-00-085.081.0W11-0-0
Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders01.000 0-10-059.060.0L10-0-1
Florida Atlantic Owls01.000 0-00-166.068.0L10-0-1
Old Dominion Monarchs01.000 0-00-167.085.0L10-0-1

Horizon League

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons101.000 1-00-067.063.0W11-0-0
Northern Kentucky Norse101.000 1-00-074.073.0W11-0-0
Illinois-Chicago Flames101.000 0-01-065.061.0W11-0-0
Green Bay Phoenix01.000 0-00-169.099.0L10-0-1
Oakland Golden Grizzlies02.000 0-10-151.090.5L20-0-2

Metro Atlantic Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Quinnipiac Bobcats101.000 1-00-084.066.0W11-0-0
Fairfield Stags01.000 0-00-156.097.0L10-0-1
St. Peter's Peacocks01.000 0-00-175.076.0L10-0-1

Mid-Eastern Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
North Carolina Central Eagles11.500 0-01-176.087.5L11-0-1
Delaware State Hornets01.000 0-00-151.0111.0L10-0-1
Morgan St. Bears01.000 0-10-055.062.0L10-0-1
Howard Bison01.000 0-10-078.095.0L10-0-1
Florida A&M Rattlers01.000 0-00-156.065.0L10-0-1
South Carolina State Bulldogs01.000 0-10-061.081.0L10-0-1
North Carolina A&T Aggies02.000 0-10-166.0103.0L20-0-2

Missouri Valley

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Drake Bulldogs101.000 0-01-080.070.0W11-0-0
Bradley Braves11.500 1-00-155.555.0L11-0-1
Evansville Purple Aces01.000 0-00-144.079.0L10-0-1
Illinois St. Redbirds01.000 0-00-167.094.0L10-0-1
Northern Iowa Panthers02.000 0-10-175.579.5L20-0-2

Mountain West

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Nevada Wolf Pack201.000 1-01-065.557.0W22-0-0
Fresno St. Bulldogs101.000 1-00-087.047.0W11-0-0
San Diego St. Aztecs101.000 1-00-073.058.0W11-0-0
UNLV Runnin' Rebels01.000 0-10-078.091.0L10-0-1
Utah St. Aggies01.000 0-10-069.085.0L10-0-1

Northeast

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers101.000 0-01-062.055.0W11-0-0
St. Francis (PA) Red Flash101.000 0-01-080.070.0W11-0-0
Sacred Heart Pioneers01.000 0-00-163.086.0L10-0-1
Central Conn. St. Blue Devils01.000 0-00-175.0102.0L10-0-1
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights01.000 0-00-166.084.0L10-0-1

Ohio Valley

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Austin Peay Governors201.000 1-01-069.566.0W22-0-0
Belmont Bruins101.000 0-01-095.078.0W11-0-0
Eastern Kentucky Colonels101.000 0-01-080.067.0W11-0-0
Jacksonville St. Gamecocks01.000 0-00-157.081.0L10-0-1
Morehead St. Eagles01.000 0-00-145.081.0L10-0-1
SIU - Edwardsville Cougars01.000 0-00-152.089.0L10-0-1
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles01.000 0-00-159.089.0L10-0-1
Eastern Illinois Panthers01.000 0-00-167.077.0L10-0-1

Pacific-12

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Washington St. Cougars101.000 1-00-056.052.0W11-0-0
Arizona State Sun Devils101.000 0-01-094.088.0W11-0-0
Colorado Buffaloes101.000 1-00-084.061.0W11-0-0
Southern California Trojans101.000 1-00-095.087.0W11-0-0
Oregon St. Beavers101.000 1-00-071.063.0W11-0-0
California Golden Bears11.500 1-00-174.566.0L11-0-1
UCLA Bruins01.000 0-00-158.073.0L10-0-1

Patriot League

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Navy Midshipmen101.000 1-00-078.071.0W11-0-0
Army Black Knights101.000 1-00-093.032.0W11-0-0

Southeastern

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Alabama Crimson Tide101.000 1-00-081.057.0W11-0-0
Missouri Tigers101.000 1-00-091.064.0W11-0-0
Kentucky Wildcats101.000 1-00-081.045.0W11-0-0
Auburn Tigers101.000 0-01-096.091.0W11-0-0
Arkansas Razorbacks101.000 1-00-0142.062.0W11-0-0
Mississippi State Bulldogs02.000 0-20-057.568.5L20-0-2

Southern

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
VMI Keydets101.000 1-00-090.063.0W11-0-0
The Citadel Bulldogs101.000 1-00-089.064.0W11-0-0
Chattanooga Mocs101.000 1-00-099.063.0W11-0-0
Furman Paladins101.000 1-00-095.062.0W11-0-0
Western Carolina Catamounts101.000 1-00-098.076.0W11-0-0
Wofford Terriers101.000 1-00-088.049.0W11-0-0
Mercer Bears101.000 1-00-079.048.0W11-0-0
East Tennessee St. Buccaneers02.000 0-00-256.568.5L20-0-2

Southland

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Abilene Christian Wildcats101.000 1-00-070.047.0W11-0-0
Texas A&M CC Islanders101.000 1-00-064.053.0W11-0-0
Nicholls State Colonels101.000 1-00-0101.093.0W11-0-0
McNeese St. Cowboys01.000 0-00-155.0102.0L10-0-1
Southeastern Louisiana Lions01.000 0-00-163.067.0L10-0-1
Sam Houston St. Bearkats01.000 0-00-167.097.0L10-0-1
Houston Baptist Huskies01.000 0-00-145.069.0L10-0-1
Lamar Cardinals01.000 0-00-145.089.0L10-0-1
Northwestern St. Demons01.000 0-00-158.0101.0L10-0-1

Southwestern Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions01.000 0-00-157.099.0L10-0-1
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils01.000 0-00-162.0142.0L10-0-1
Grambling State Tigers01.000 0-00-153.069.0L10-0-1
Prairie View A&M Panthers01.000 0-00-166.071.0L10-0-1
Southern Jaguars01.000 0-10-078.085.0L10-0-1
Texas Southern Tigers01.000 0-00-152.056.0L10-0-1
Alcorn St. Braves01.000 0-00-150.099.0L10-0-1

Summit

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Kansas City Kangaroos101.000 1-00-0105.035.0W11-0-0
Nebraska Omaha Mavericks11.500 0-11-063.065.5L11-0-1
South Dakota State Jackrabbits01.000 0-00-171.079.0L10-0-1
North Dakota State Bison01.000 0-00-148.062.0L10-0-1
South Dakota Coyotes01.000 0-00-161.084.0L10-0-1
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles01.000 0-00-164.091.0L10-0-1
North Dakota Fighting Hawks01.000 0-00-167.081.0L10-0-1

Sun Belt

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Texas State Bobcats101.000 1-00-098.059.0W11-0-0
Georgia Southern Eagles101.000 1-00-097.065.0W11-0-0
Little Rock Trojans101.000 1-00-071.066.0W11-0-0
South Alabama Jaguars101.000 1-00-068.066.0W11-0-0
Georgia St. Panthers101.000 0-01-0123.0120.0W11-0-0
Appalachian St. Mountaineers101.000 0-01-081.061.0W11-0-0
Texas-Arlington Mavericks01.000 0-10-068.075.0L10-0-1

West Coast

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Brigham Young Cougars101.000 1-00-0108.059.0W11-0-0
Loyola Marymount Lions101.000 1-00-085.083.0W11-0-0
Pepperdine Waves101.000 1-00-086.072.0W11-0-0
Gonzaga Bulldogs101.000 1-00-0102.090.0W11-0-0
Santa Clara Broncos101.000 1-00-062.049.0W11-0-0
Pacific Tigers101.000 1-00-066.060.0W11-0-0
St. Mary's Gaels11.500 1-10-061.068.5L11-0-1
San Francisco Dons11.500 1-10-073.572.0L11-0-1
Portland Pilots01.000 0-10-072.084.0L10-0-1

Western Athletic

TeamsWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Tarleton State 101.000 1-00-0103.048.0W11-0-0
Seattle Redhawks101.000 0-01-084.072.0W11-0-0
Grand Canyon Antelopes101.000 1-00-069.053.0W11-0-0
California Baptist Lancers01.000 0-00-187.095.0L10-0-1
Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros01.000 0-00-155.091.0L10-0-1
Chicago St. Cougars02.000 0-10-149.590.5L20-0-2

Mid-American

WestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Toledo Rockets11.500 0-01-169.557.0L11-0-1
Western Michigan Broncos01.000 0-00-162.066.0L10-0-1
Eastern Michigan Eagles01.000 0-00-167.083.0L10-0-1
Northern Illinois Huskies01.000 0-10-061.065.0L10-0-1
Ball St. Cardinals01.000 0-00-173.074.0L10-0-1

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