Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Cougars and Bearcats. The game is starting at 4:00 ET on ESPN2, and it's hosted by the Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Get ready to place your bets! Houston is favored by -5 in this Big 12 conference matchup the against Cincinnati. The over/under for the game is set at 130.5 points.

HOUSTON COUGARS VS CINCINNATI BEARCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats +5

This game will be played at Fifth Third Arena at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.

WHY BET THE CINCINNATI BEARCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-68 in favor of the Bearcats.
  • Not only will Cincinnati pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 130.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.

Taking a Look at the Cougars Chances on the Road

Coming off a 79-63 win over Oklahoma State, Houston is 20-3 overall and 7-3 in Big 12 play. The Cougars have gone 13-0 in non-conference games, and they are 5-3 on the road this season.

For the year, Houston has been favored in 21 of its 23 games, going 19-2 in those contests. Over the team's last 10 road games, it has gone 7-3.

As the favorite, Houston's ATS mark is 11-10 this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars are 5-5 vs. the spread. On the road, Houston has gone 2-6 vs. the spread this year and just 2-7 over their last 10 road games vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Houston games is 9-13 and the average scoring total in their games is 128.9 points. Today's over/under line of 130.5 is similar to the average OU line in their games this year (133). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 144 points.

Houston's offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 79 points against Oklahoma State. They had an overall field goal percentage of 49.2% and made 11/14 free throws. LJ Cryer is leading the team in scoring at 15.1 points per contest. Jamal Shead has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.5 going into the game.

At present, the Cougars' defense is nationally ranked 1st, allowing 54.4 points per game. Houston's three-point defense is currently 56th in the country at 5.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 37.1% of their shots vs. Houston.

Can the Cincinnati Offense Score Enough at Home?

After winning their last game against Texas Tech, Cincinnati is 15-7 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 play. At home, the Bearcats are 12-2 this season, and they are 8-2 in their last 10 games at home.

As an underdog this season, Cincinnati is 2-3, and they are 2-1 in their last three games at home.

As the underdog this season, Cincinnati has gone 4-1 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS record is currently .500 (7-7) and they are 2-3 ATS in their last five home games. Overall, their ATS mark for the year is 11-11.

So far this season, the over/under record for Cincinnati games is 11-11 and today's line of 130.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (146.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 135 points and the OU record is 1-2.

In their latest game, Cincinnati offense put up 75 points against Texas Tech. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 44.6% and made 7 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Daniel Skillings who comes into today's matchup averaging 12.1. Viktor Lakhin also heads into the game with a PPG average of 11.7.

The Bearcats' defense is presently ranked 57th nationally, allowing an average of 66.8 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Cincinnati's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.2% this season.