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Houston vs. Cincinnati - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bearcats (17-10) at Houston Cougars (9-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 9:30 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Cincinnati Bearcats and Houston Cougars meet Saturday night at the Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Cincinnati Bearcats hope to get back on track after losing four of their last six games. On the season, Cincy is averaging 61.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting and is allowing 55.4 points on 39.1 percent shooting. Troy Caupain is averaging 9.9 points and 3.4 assists while Octavius Ellis is averaging 9.5 points and seven rebounds. Gary Clark is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Farad Cobb is shooting 37.4 percent from the field. The Cincinnati Bearcats have four players averaging at least 7.6 points, and they’re shooting 68 percent from the line and 31.4 percent from downtown. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 59 or less points in nine of its last 10 games.

Houston vs. Cincinnati - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Cougars could also use a win after losing their last four games. On the season, Houston is averaging 65 points on 38.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Jherrod Stiggers is averaging 14.4 points and 2.4 assists while Devonta Pollard is averaging 10.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. Danrad Knowles is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and L.J. Rose is dishing 5.8 assists. The Houston Cougars have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 66.5 percent from the line and 31.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Houston is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in five of its last six games.

The Bearcats are 8-19 ATS in their last 27 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cougars are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. American Athletic Conference and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. The Bearcats are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Cincinnati is 3-5 SU on the road this season, and the Bearcats haven't been playing well regardless of where they play lately. As more of a fade from the Bearcats, I'm taking the points here with the home team. 

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Houston Cougars +7

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