Cincinnati vs. Houston - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati vs. Houston - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Cougars (17-4) at Cincinnati Bearcats (13-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -3 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The 21st ranked Houston Cougars will travel to Fifth Third Arena to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The 21st ranked Houston Cougars won their fifth straight game and improved to 17-4 (7-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the East Carolina Pirates, 69-59, this past Wednesday.  The Cougars went into halftime with a 29-21 lead and never looked back as behind a strong defensive performance, Houston was able to extend their lead to 63-42 with 6:00 left in regulation. The Cougars held East Carolina to 32.8% shooting from the field and 17.4% beyond the arc.  Leading the way on offense for Houston was Caleb Mills who had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

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On the season, Houston is averaging 74.1 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field.  The Cougars are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc.  Offensively, Houston has been led by Caleb Mills (13.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.2 apg), Quentin Grimes (12.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Nate Hilton (10.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, Houston is holding their opponents to 63.5 ppg on 37.9% shooting from the field.  The Cougars have a rebound margin of 10.2 which is best in the country and a turnover margin of -0.3.

The Cincinnati Bearcats have won three games in a row and improved to 13-7 (6-2 AAC) on the season after defeating the SMU Mustangs, 65-43, this past Tuesday.  The Bearcats took a commanding 33-19 lead into half and rode a dominating defensive performance to an easy win at home, peaking with a 63-39 lead with 2:29 left in regulation.  Cincinnati shot 48.1% from the field while holding SMU to 25.9% from the field. Leading the way for the Bearcats was Jarron Cumberland who had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 72.7 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field.  The Bearcats are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc.  Offensively, Cincinnati has been led by Jarron Cumberland (14.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.1 ppg), Chris Vogt (13.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 bpg) and Keith Williams (12.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Cincinnati is holding their opponents to 64.9 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field.  Cincinnati has a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The Cougars are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Bearcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Houston has won 11 of their last 12 games and have been led by their defense this season as the Cougars currently rank 48th in scoring defense, 16th in defensive FG%, and 1st in rebound margin.

Cincinnati has won 5 of their last 6 games and also have been led by their defense that ranks 72nd in scoring defense, 39th in defensive FG%, and 46th in rebound margin.

These are two evenly match-up teams that have solid defenses, however, as Houston matches up well with the Bearcats size and have a solid 5-2 record on the road this season, I think the Cougars continue their recent success ATS vs. Cincinnati and at worst, cover with the points, Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Houston Cougars +3

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