Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Bearcats (21-8) at Houston Cougars (21-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)
The Line: Houston Cougars +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Cincinnati Bearcats will travel to play the Houston Cougars in an American Athletic game on Thursday.
The Houston Cougars are 21-8 (11-6) and are coming off of a win against UConn by a score of 75-68. Houston has won 5 of their last 6 games and is currently tied for 4th in the American standings. Houston is averaging 78.5 points per game while giving up 69.2 points per game. Houston is also averaging 38.2 rebounds per game and 13.3 assists per game. Rob Gray Jr. is averaging 16.4 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per game for Houston. Devonta Pollard is averaging 14 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game for the Cougars. Houston is shooting 70.9% on free throws, 35.1% on three-pointers, and 46.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The Cincinnati Bearcats are 21-8 (11-5) and are coming off of a win against East Carolina by a score of 65-56. Cincinnati has won 4 of their last 5 games and is currently 3rd in the American standings. Cincinnati defeated Houston by a score of 70-59 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Cincinnati is averaging 73.4 points per game while giving up 61.6 points per game. Cincinnati is also averaging 39 rebounds per game and 16 assists per game. Troy Caupain is averaging 12.1 points per game and 4.8 assists per game for Cincinnati. Gary Clark is averaging 10.9 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Bearcats. Cincinnati is shooting 69.8% on free throws, 35.2% on three-pointers, and 43.7% on all field goal attempts.
Cincinnati is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a win. Cincinnati is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The under is 4-1-1 in Cincinnati’s last 6 conference games. Houston is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. Houston is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The under is 6-2-1 in Houston’s last 9 home games. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.
This should be a very good game between two teams that are towards the top of the American standings. Houston is the higher scoring team, while Cincinnati is the better defensive team. Cincinnati won the first matchup between these teams, but I like Houston to even the season series here.