In a Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament game, the (5) Miami Hurricanes will face off with the (1) Houston Cougars in the Midwest Region. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, March Madness expert picks, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then share our official Gonzaga vs UCLA prediction for the March Madness Sweet 16 matchup.
Miami vs Houston Prediction and Sweet 16 March Madness Expert Picks
2023 NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16
(5) Miami Hurricanes (27-7) vs (1) Houston Cougars (33-3)
Date: Friday, March 24, 2023
Time: 7:15 P.M. EST
Venue: T-Mobile Center — Kansas City, MO
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Miami vs Houston March Madness Betting Odds
All college basketball betting odds for Miami vs Houston can be found at BetUS Sportsbook.
Moneyline: MIA: (+282) | HOU: (-355)
Point Spread: MIA: +7.5 (-110) | HOU: -7.5 (-110)
Total: 138 — Over: (-110) | Under: (- 110)
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KenPom Rankings | Bracketology
KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com
|Team||AdjEM (Rk)||AdjO (Rk)||AdjD (Rk)||AdjT (Rk)|
|Miami||+16.34 (33)||118.0 (11)||101.7 (108)||68.7 (99)|
|Houston||+29.11 (1)||118.5 (8)||89.3 (4)||63.3 (342)|
Miami vs Houston College Basketball Betting Trends
- Miami is 20-14 against the spread (ATS) this season.
- Houston is 19-17 ATS this season.
- The OVER is 15-18-1 for Miami this season.
- The OVER is 17-19 for Houston this season.
Miami vs Houston | Sweet 16 March Madness Expert Picks and Bracketology
A tale of two teams in this one. Houston relies heavily on their top-tier defense. Miami on the other hand is led by their three-headed guard combination. With Houston using their defense and slow offense, Miami could struggle to capitalize on the open possessions that they get. If Miami can get their offense going, Houston could fall as they gave up 71 points or more in two out of their three losses this season.
In a battle of two dominant play styles, something will have to give in this Sweet 16 matchup. In terms of location, it would make sense that Houston sees more fans in the stadium, which could help Houston’s momentum. Especially with Marcus Sasser hobbled.
Even if Miami is hitting its shots, Houston is still too good of a team to get blown out. That is why like Miami +7.5 in this game. The combination of guards should be enough to keep Miami close, but Houston’s inside presence may be the X-Factor.
Our official college basketball betting Miami vs Houston prediction will be Miami to cover +7.5 at BetUS.
For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Houston an 89.5% chance to win.
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