Cincinnati at Houston: 3/11/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Cincinnati at Houston: 3/11/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Cougars (26-5) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (18-14)

Game Info: Friday, March 11, 2022 at 1:00 pm (Dickies Arena)

Betting Odds: Houston Cougars -12 -- Over/Under: 134 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Bearcats and Houston Cougars face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown in the AAC Tournament at Dickies Arena. When these two teams faced off on March 1st it was Houston that won 71-53. 

Mike Saunders Jr was the top player for Cincinnati scoring 14 points. Fabian White Jr was the top player for Houston scoring 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. 

Cincinnati comes into this game with an 18-14 record and they have gone 11-17-3 against the spread. On Thursday, Cincinnati scored 74 points, and they held East Carolina to only 63 points as they cruised to the victory. Cincinnati is averaging 69.7 points while their defense is giving up 65.9 points per game. David DeJulius has been the top player for Cincinnati averaging 14.5 points while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from behind the three point line. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Houston Cougars who sit with a 26-5 record overall and they have gone 19-12 against the spread. Houston has found a lot of success this season, but they are coming off a loss in their last game against Memphis. The offense only scored 61 points in that game, and that led to the 14 point defeat. The Cougars are averaging 75.9 points per game while their defense is giving up 58.9 points per game. Guard Kyler Edwards has been the top player for Houston averaging 17.7 points while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and 43.7 percent from behind the three point line. 

Houston is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games played on Friday. The under is 4-0-1 in Houston’s last five games following a straight up loss. The under is 3-0-1 in the Cougars last four games overall. 

Houston is coming off a bad loss, but they are still the much better in this matchup, and I don’t trust this Cincinnati team. Look for Cincinnati to struggle to score against this Houston defense, and that will be the difference as the Cougars get the job done. Back Houston against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Houston -12

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