The top-seeded Houston Cougars (31-3) play the No. 16 Northern Kentucky Norse (22-12) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, starting at 9:20 PM.

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Houston vs. Northern Kentucky Game Info

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Houston Stats Insights

  • The Cougars make 46.2% of their shots from the field this season, which is 2.5 percentage points higher than the Norse have allowed to their opponents (43.7%).
  • In games Houston shoots better than 43.7% from the field, it is 24-0 overall.
  • The Norse are the 263rd-ranked rebounding team in the country, while the Cougars sit at 12th.
  • The Cougars put up 75 points per game, 11.4 more points than the 63.6 the Norse allow.
  • Houston is 27-1 when scoring more than 63.6 points.

Northern Kentucky Stats Insights

  • The Norse are shooting 43.2% from the field, 6.8% higher than the 36.4% the Cougars' opponents have shot this season.
  • Northern Kentucky has put together an 18-7 straight-up record in games it shoots above 36.4% from the field.
  • The Norse are the 263rd-ranked rebounding team in the nation, the Cougars sit at seventh.
  • The Norse put up an average of 68.2 points per game, 11.7 more points than the 56.5 the Cougars give up.
  • Northern Kentucky has a 17-6 record when giving up fewer than 75 points.

Houston Home & Away Comparison

  • Houston posts 77.3 points per game when playing at home, compared to 75.6 points per game on the road, a difference of 1.7 points per contest.
  • Defensively the Cougars have been better at home this year, ceding 54.4 points per game, compared to 60.9 away from home.
  • When playing at home, Houston is making 0.9 fewer threes per game (7.9) than when playing on the road (8.8). It also sports a lower three-point percentage at home (34%) compared to when playing on the road (39.3%).

Northern Kentucky Home & Away Comparison

  • Northern Kentucky is putting up more points at home (72.7 per game) than away (63.3).
  • At home, the Norse allow 61.6 points per game. Away, they allow 63.8.
  • Northern Kentucky knocks down more 3-pointers at home (8.8 per game) than on the road (8.6). It has the same 3-point percentage at home and on the road (35.8%).

Houston Schedule

Date Opponent Score Arena
3/10/2023 East Carolina W 60-46 Dickies Arena
3/11/2023 Cincinnati W 69-48 Dickies Arena
3/12/2023 Memphis L 75-65 Dickies Arena
3/16/2023 Northern Kentucky - Legacy Arena at BJCC

Northern Kentucky Schedule

Date Opponent Score Arena
3/2/2023 Oakland W 81-74 BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky
3/6/2023 Youngstown State W 75-63 Indiana Farmers Coliseum
3/7/2023 Cleveland State W 63-61 Indiana Farmers Coliseum
3/16/2023 Houston - Legacy Arena at BJCC