Cincinnati Bearcats (18-14) vs. Houston Cougars (26-5)
March 11, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Cougars -12 ; Over/Under: 134
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The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Houston Cougars meet Friday in AAC Tournament college basketball action from Dickies Arena. Cincinnati is 18-14 this year so far. The Bearcats beat East Carolina in tournament action Thursday. As for Houston, they’re 26-5 on the year and fell to Memphis in their last outing. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Cincinnati was sitting at 17-9 back on February 17. The Bearcats would then hit a rough five-game losing streak to Temple, UCF, South Florida, Houston and SMU. On Thursday in the tournament game, Cincinnati was able to bounce back with a win over East Carolina.
In the Thursday tournament matchup versus East Carolina, the Bearcats were down by one point heading into the second half. Cincinnati finished on a 34-22 run for a 74-63 win. Leading team scorer David DeJulius put up 22 points with four rebounds.
Over on the Houston side, they’ve been sharp all year. The Cougars have just one instance of consecutive losses this season. After a six-game win streak over UCF, Wichita State, Tulane, SMU, Cincinnati and Temple, Houston lost their last game to Memphis.
Matched up against Memphis on Sunday, the Cougars were drilled 29-49 in the first half. Houston got better in the second on a 32-26 run but ended up losing 75-61. Tops in scoring was Kyler Edwards with 19 points and seven boards.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Houston. The Cougars hit the wall against Memphis in their last game, coughing up 20 turnovers and getting out-rebounded 25-32. That said, Houston had a great run going during their recent six-game win streak, with 70 or more points in each game.
As for Cincinnati, they had a nice second half against East Carolina to get the Thursday win. The Bearcats haven’t fared well against Houston this year though, losing 80-58 at home and 71-53 in the March 1 road game. If Cincinnati can get off to a good start I can see them hanging around for a while, but the cover is probably Houston’s to take.