Cincinnati at Houston
|Date & Time||Sunday February 10, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)|
Houston Cougars -5 -- Over/Under: 129.5
The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Houston Cougars meet in AAC college basketball action from the Fertitta Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to add to their current 8-game winning streak after a 69-64 win over Memphis in their last outing. Jarron Cumberland led the Bearcats with 17 points on 4 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes, 6 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists. Justin Jenifer added 14 points with 4 threes while Tre Scott chipped in 13 points and a team-high 9 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Cincinnati in the win. Cumberland leads the Bearcats with an average of 18.6 points and 3.6 assists per game while Scott leads Cincinnati in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Cincinnati is averaging 74.8 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 69.8% from the foul line this season. The Bearcats are also solid on defense as usual, sitting just outside of the top-10 in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 61.7 points per game this season.
The Houston Cougars will look to add another notch to their current 7-game winning streak after a 77-68 win over UCF in their last outing. Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars with 26 points on 8 of 13 shooting with a 9 of 12 mark from the foul line and 5 assists while Armoni Brooks had 3 threes as part of his 14-point night along with a team-high 7 rebounds. Galen Robinson Jr. contributed 12 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Houston in the victory. Davis Jr. leads Houston in scoring with 15.5 points per game while Brooks leads the Cougars in rebounding with 6.2 rebounds per game and Robinson Jr. leads Houston in assists with 5.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Houston is averaging 75.6 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 72.8% from the foul line this season. The Cougars are also stout on defense, giving up the 7th-fewest points per game in D-I, allowing just 60.8 points per game on 36.5% shooting from the floor and 26.5% from 3-point range, the 2nd-lowest field goal percentage against and 3rd-lowest 3-point percentage against in the country this season.
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games overall. Houston is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games while the over is 6-3 in their last 9 games overall. The under is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
The last couple of meetings between these two teams have been very close, being decided by a combined 6 points, so the points with Cincinnati hold some weight given how well the Bearcats have played lately. However, both of these teams are solid defensively and Houston has outscored teams by 15.1 points per game at home during conference play. Houston opened a lot of eyes by handling UCF on the road and I think the Cougars are too hard to go against at home, so I’ll lay the points with Houston in this one.