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Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/7/14

Cincinnati Bearcats (13-2) at Houston Cougars (10-5)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Cincinnati Bearcats stay on the road to clash with the Houston Cougars at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Cincinnati definitely looks like one of the elite squads in the AAC thanks to their ability to both score and defend although the conference schedule has just begun. The Bearcats are on a 6-0 run after going on the road to upend ranked Memphis 69-53 behind strong efforts at both ends of the floor. A 42-27 second half did the trick with 44% shooting out distancing the Tigers 33% from the floor with a 2-17 mark from long range being the key. Sean Kilpatrick led a trio of double digit scorers with 18 points followed by Justin Jackson with 13 points and eight boards while Shaquille Thomas chipped in with ten.

Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/7/14

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I know Houston's schedule hasn't been difficult but it will be now with the conference slate underway. The Cougars followed their upset of Connecticut with a 67-58 victory at South Florida to up their record to 3-0 in the AAC. UH took an early eight point lead and never let the Bulls get too close thereafter behind a slight 42%-37% shooting edge and 16 forced turnovers. The Cougars offense received at least double figures in points from four players with TaShawn Thomas scoring 13 points with five assists, six steals and six blocks followed by Donrad Knowles and Tione Womack with 12 points each while Jherrod Stiggers and Brandon Morris with eleven and nine points each.

Cincinnati is a very good team that can win in any number of ways and they will here. The points on the road are tough to give up but Houston is in trouble with Louisville on deck...

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