March Madness 2018: Houston's Rob Gray gets redemption with game-winning bucket

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 16, 2018

If the Aztecs defeat Houston on Thursday, they will advance to the Round of 32 to face the victor of the first-round match between #3 seed MI and #14 seed Montana.

Now, heading into the NCAA Tournament, the Aztecs are a No. 11 seed and many do not expect them to get out of their tough first-round matchup with Houston. San Diego State covered the spread as four-point underdogs while the game went under the total of 142.5. Odds for that matchup will soon be released soon, but we anticipate Houston being a six- or seven-point underdog if MI is the opponent, and a 12- or 13-point favorite if Montana is the opponent.

The San Diego State Aztecs return to the NCAA Tournament after beating Fresno State and the Mountain West top-seeded Nevada in the quarter and semifinals before taking out New Mexico in the title game.

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Gray dropped a game-high 39 points for the Cougars, but more importantly, he made the dagger that gave Houston the win. San Diego State had to go 94 feet in 1.1 seconds and generated an open three-point look at the buzzer, but the shot missed.

A key stat: San Diego State left 14 points at the free throw line, making only 21 of 35 attempts.

Gray ended the game with 39 points and scored 23 of Houston's 28 points in the second half in the performance of the NCAA tournament so far. Those odds might improve to 14000 once the Round of 64 ends.

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