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Cincinnati favored by -17 against Houston on Saturday

Houston CougarsCincinnati Bearcats
12-12February 15, 2014, 03:00 | Fifth Third Arena22-3

The Cincinnati Bearcats will try to cover the spread at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Houston Cougars in NCAA basketball action.

The Bearcats currently sports a 22-3 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 9-9-1 ATS. The Cougars are 12-12 and 9-10 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bearcats produce a 4-15 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Cougars have gone 6-13 against the number.

View Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds and Stats.

The Bearcats were listed as -17-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bearcats at No. 31 and the Cougars at No. 308 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Houston, they were an 88-74 winner as they battled Temple at home. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. TaShawn Thomas went off for 25 points and added 9 rebounds, leading Houston over Temple, 88-74, on Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Cincinnati has the nation's No. 184-rated offensive output, at 69.28 PPG. The visiting Cougars defense ranks No. 163 allowing on average 71.08 PPG. The Bearcats FG% has averaged 42.74% so far, less than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.58% per game.

A few Cougars at Bearcats trends to consider:
Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 10 games
Cincinnati is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Southern Methodist, Wednesday, February 19th
Cincinnati at Central Florida, Wednesday, February 19th