Defenses make Under the play

Defenses make Under the play

Things are often bigger in Texas, and Sunday, the state will host a matchup of ranked teams with Houston and Texas Tech doing battle in Fort Worth.

Both teams enter having shut down their first two opponents, with neither allowing more than 58 points in their first two games. Both have generated at least nine steals per game.

Georgetown transfer Mac McClung has made his presence felt immediately for Texas Tech with 38 points on 4-of-6 on 3-point shots in the team’s first two games for a bunch that entered the weekend 12th among Division I teams in points scored on a per-possession basis.

Both teams entered the weekend in the top 20 nationally in rebound rate, and Houston in recent years has made its hay on the glass, being top eight among Division I teams in that category each of the past two seasons.

Each has an opponent 3-point shooting percentage at or below 22 percent and entered the weekend in the top 15 in the fewest points-per-possession allowed.

With two teams that perennially have been stout on the defensive end, both should flex their muscles in
a low scoring affair.

The play: Houston vs. Texas Tech total, Under 136.5.