Houston vs. Longwood: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 22, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

Jamal Shead and Walyn Napper will be the players to watch when the Houston Cougars (30-4) play the Longwood Lancers (21-13) in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Friday at 9:20 PM ET at FedExForum. Friday’s matchup between the Cougars and the Lancers features the Cougars as heavy 24-point favorites. A 129.5-point over/under is set for the game.

Houston vs. Longwood Betting Lines

Houston vs Longwood Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Houston -24 129.5 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Longwood (+24)
Total Pick Over (129.5)

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Houston vs. Longwood Stat Rankings

Houston Avg. (Rank) Longwood Avg. (Rank)
73.0 (191st) Points Scored 75.6 (115th)
57.0 (1st) Points Allowed 67.9 (64th)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
12.9 (5th) Off. Rebounds 12.5 (9th)
7.7 (143rd) 3pt Made 5.8 (320th)
12.9 (186th) Assists 12.9 (186th)
8.4 (8th) Turnovers 12.0 (267th)

Houston vs. Longwood Betting Trends

  • The Cougars are 16-16-2 against the spread this season.
  • Against the spread as 24-point favorites or more, Houston is 5-3.
  • There have been 14 Cougars games (out of 34) that hit the over this year.
  • Houston’s games have had more than 129.5 points scored on 16 occasions this year.
  • The over/under in this matchup is 129.5 points, 0.5 fewer than the average total in this season’s Cougars contests.
  • Against the spread, Longwood is 16-15-0 this year.
  • Houston has played 34 games this year, and 14 of them have hit the over.
  • Lancers games have gone over 129.5 points on 24 occasions this year.
  • The average total points scored in Longwood’s games this year (143.5) is 14.0 points higher than the total for this matchup.

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Houston Impact Players

  • Shead is tops on the Cougars at 6.2 assists per game, while also averaging 3.8 rebounds and 13.1 points.
  • J’wan Roberts paces his team in rebounds per contest (6.8), and also puts up 9.4 points and 1.9 assists. At the other end, he averages 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocked shots.
  • LJ Cryer posts a team-high 15.3 points per contest. He is also putting up 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists, shooting 40.3% from the field and 39.0% from beyond the arc with 3.1 made 3-pointers per contest.
  • Emanuel Sharp averages 12.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game. Defensively, he averages 1.5 steals and 0.0 blocked shots.
  • Ja’Vier Francis is averaging 6.1 points, 0.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds per contest.

Longwood Impact Players

  • Napper is posting team highs in points (14.6 per game) and assists (4.6). And he is delivering 4.0 rebounds, making 45.3% of his shots from the floor.
  • Johnathan Massie gives the Lancers 11.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He also delivers 1.2 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.
  • Michael Christmas is putting up a team-high 6.2 rebounds per contest. And he is delivering 11.5 points and 0.9 assists, making 44.7% of his shots from the floor and 41.1% from 3-point range, with 1.1 triples per contest.
  • Szymon Zapala is averaging 9.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game, making 63.2% of his shots from the field.
  • Elijah Tucker is averaging 8.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 0.3 assists per contest, making 57.5% of his shots from the field.

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