Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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HOUSTON COUGARS CINCINNATI BEARCATS
21-8 March 2, 7:00 PM | Fifth Third Arena 25-4
Houston at Cincinnati, Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 2, 2017
Where: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
711 –Houston Cougars +8½ -110 +340 Ov 134½ -110
712 –Cincinnati Bearcats -8½ -110 -410 Un 134½ -110

The fans at Fifth Third Arena will be treated to a game between the Houston Cougars and the Cincinnati Bearcats when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT HOUSTON (20-8, 11-5 American Athletic Conference): The Cougars can light it up from the outside, as they lead the AAC and rank in the top 20 nationally from 3-point range (39.8 percent), and they take care of the ball, averaging just 9.8 turnovers per game – the second-fewest in the country. Rob Gray (20.3 points) and Damyean Dotson (18, 7.1 rebounds) lead the conference’s No. 2 scoring offense, while Galen Robinson Jr. (6.3, 4.9 assists) is the facilitator. Dotson is among the nation’s leaders from long distance, averaging 3.5 3-pointers per game.

ABOUT CINCINNATI (25-4, 14-2): The Bearcats hope to provide a proper sendoff for senior starters Troy Caupain (9.9 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds) and Kevin Johnson (8.7 points) and walk-on Zack Tobler in their final home game. Caupain might be the team’s most important player, despite the fact Kyle Washington (13.6 points, 7.2 rebounds) and Jacob Evans (13.6 points) are the top scorers. Gary Clark (10.1 points, 7.8 rebounds) needs to bounce back after producing just three points and three rebounds against UCF.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bearcats listed as 8½-point favorites versus the Cougars, while the game’s total is sitting at 134½.

No. 20 Cincinnati’s hopes of a regular-season American Athletic Conference title took a hit Sunday, but it hopes to get back on track at home on Thursday by continuing its domination of Houston. The Bearcats have won 28 of their 30 all-time meetings with the Cougars, including all 14 at home.

It’s the Bearcats’ final home game – for now – at Fifth Third Arena, which will close for renovation following the season and is scheduled to re-open for the 2018-19 campaign. Cincinnati has won 25 straight at the venue, the second-longest active streak at home in the nation behind Oregon (42). It was a 53-49 loss at Central Florida on Sunday that dropped the Bearcats one game behind SMU for the top spot in the conference, a game in which they simply were “awful,” according to coach Mick Cronin. Cincinnati will need a better effort to sweep the season series from the Cougars, who have won seven of their last eight games to climb into third place in the AAC standings.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 53-49 loser on the road against Knights. They failed to cover the -5-point spread as favorites.

In their last action, Houston was a 72-71 winner on the road against Tigers. They failed to cover the -2.5-point spread as favorites.

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Houston:
Team record: 21-8 SU,11-13 ATS
Houston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games
Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road

Cincinnati:
Team record: 25-4 SU,13-13-1 ATS
Cincinnati is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Cincinnati is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games

Next up:
Houston home to East Carolina Sunday, March 5
Cincinnati at Connecticut Sunday, March 5

TIP-INS

1. Gray has scored in double figures in every contest for Houston, while Evans has hit double digits in 26 of the Bearcats’ 29 games.

2. Dotson has made at least one 3-pointer in all 28 games this season, tying Robert McKiver for the longest such streak in program history.

3. Cincinnati’s senior class has a career record of 97-31 and appears to be headed to its fourth straight NCAA Tournament.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Houston Cougars will cover the spread at +8½ and the game will stay under 134½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Cincinnati 73, Houston 67 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
HOUST TEAM CINCY
75.2 PTS FOR 75.3
64.9 PTS AGNST 61.1
10.4 DIFF. 14.2
24.4 DEF REBOUNDS 24.9
11.2 OFF REBOUNDS 12.1
45.4 FG% 46.4
71.2 FT% 66.4
8.6 3 POINTERS 7.6
5.4 STEALS 7.7
BETTING TRENDS
HOUSTON
Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games on the road
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Houston is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
CINCINNATI
Cincinnati is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games
Cincinnati is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Cincinnati’s last 11 games at home
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati’s last 5 games when playing Houston
Cincinnati is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing Houston
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Overall Defense 75.2 135 61.1 8
Houston’s Away Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Home Defense 73.3 100 62.7 42
Houston’s Road Rebounds vs Cincinnati’s Home Rebounds Allowed 31.6 307 31.2 53
Cincinnati’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 75.3 134 64.9 34
Cincinnati’s Home Scoring vs Houston’s Road Defense 83.9 43 67.6 37
Cincinnati’s Home Rebounds vs Houston’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.0 166 35.3 141

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