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Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats in college hoops odds

Cincinnati BearcatsHouston Cougars
12-2January 07, 2014, 09:00 | Hofheinz Pavilion10-5

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Hofheinz Pavilion Tuesday as host Houston looks to handle the Cincinnati Bearcats in NCAA hoops action.

The Cougars sport a record of 10-5 and 6-4 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bearcats have 12-2 and 5-2-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-8 for the Cougars and 1-7 for the Bearcats.

View Cincinnati Bearcats vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Cincinnati before tip-off in this one found them as -9.5-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Cougars sit at No. 197 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bearcats sit at No. 30 on the same chart.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 69-53 winner as they battled Memphis on the road. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. Cincinnati earned a 69-53 victory over Memphis on Saturday, getting 18 points from Sean Kilpatrick at FedExForum.

Houston won its last outing, a 67-58 result against South Florida on January 4. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog. TaShawn Thomas scored 13 points leading the Cougars to a 67-58 victory over South Florida at Sun Dome on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Houston's No. 145-ranked scoring average of 72.8 PPG, against a Bearcats defense rated No. 6 and allowing 56.27 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 45.93% to date this season, more than the Bearcats shooters have managed so far (42.7% per game).

A few Bearcats at Cougars trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Cincinnati is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Cincinnati is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Houston
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
Houston is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Cincinnati
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati home to Rutgers, Saturday, January 11th
Houston at Louisville, Thursday, January 16th