The Houston Cougars (8-0) are in the running to win the national championship at the end of the 2023-24 college basketball season, as oddsmakers have listed them at +1700 on the moneyline, the eighth-best odds among all college basketball teams.

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Wednesday's docket includes a home matchup for the Cougars against the Rice Owls. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM ET. Oddsmakers have not yet set odds for this game.

Houston NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Odds

Odds NCAA Rank Payout
Current +1700 8th Bet $100 to win $1700
Preseason +2200 8th Bet $100 to win $2200

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Houston Team Stats

  • Houston outscores opponents by 24.6 points per game (scoring 75.0 per game to rank 184th in college basketball while allowing 50.4 per contest to rank first in college basketball) and has a +197 scoring differential overall.
  • The Cougars are 4-0 at home, 1-0 on the road and 3-0 in neutral-site games this year.

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Houston Quadrant Records

  • Q1 Record: 2-0 | Q2 Record: 1-0 | Q3 Record: 2-0 | Q4 Record: 3-0
  • Against Quadrant 1 opponents, Houston is 2-0 (1.000%) -- tied for the fourth-most wins.
  • Against Quadrant 2 opponents, Houston is 1-0 (1.000%) -- tied for the 21st-most victories.
  • Houston has tied for the 13th-most Quadrant 3 victories in the country (two).

Quadrant records are based on computer rankings, not NCAA NET rankings. Here's what they mean: Quadrant 1: Home vs 1-30, Neutral vs 1-50, Away vs 1-75 | Quadrant 2: Home vs 31-75, Neutral vs 51-100, Away vs 76-135 | Quadrant 3: Home vs 76-160, Neutral vs 101-200, Away vs 136-240 | Quadrant 4: Home vs 161-plus, Neutral vs 201-plus, Away vs 241-plus

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Best Houston Players

  • LJ Cryer leads the Cougars in scoring, racking up 17.8 points per game.
  • Houston is led in rebounding by J'wan Roberts' 8.3 rebounds per game and assists by Jamal Shead's 6.0 assists per game.
  • Cryer hits 3.4 threes per game to lead the Cougars.
  • Shead leads the team with 2.9 steals per game. Ja'Vier Francis collects 1.5 blocks a game to pace Houston.

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