Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats 1-8-23

Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats 1/8/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats 1/8/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The #2 Houston Cougars will go against the Cincinnati Bearcats in NCAAB action in Fifth Third Arena, IL, on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at 3:00 PM ET.


Houston entered the season as a contender for the national championship, and the Cougars have so far played up to those expectations.


They won 9 games in a row before losing to then-No. 8 Alabama on December 10 and suffering their first loss. Since then, Houston recovered and won six consecutive matches.


In the middle of December, the Cougars defeated then-No. 2 Virginia 69-61. Since then, they also defeated McNeese State, Tulsa, UCF, and SMU.


They won against the spread in four of their previous five contests, including a convincing 87-53 victory against SMU on Thursday as 20-point favorites.


Against SMU, the Cougars outrebounded them by a plus-28 margin, including a 21-7 lead on the offensive glass. This year, they excelled at offensive rebounding, leading the country in that metric.


In addition, they are maintaining possession of the ball and hitting 54.1% from the 2-point range. Cincinnati’s defense, which is ranked No. 86 in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency rankings, will be tested by Houston.


Marcus Sasser, a senior guard, tops Houston with 15.8, 3.0 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game.


  • The Houston Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Houston’s previous 5 meetings. 
  • The Cougars are 6-0 SU in their last 6 matches.

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Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats Predictions 1/8/2023


Cincinnati is aiming for a big victory that would significantly improve its NCAA Tournament record. Early in the season, the Bearcats had multiple chances but were defeated by No. 14 Arizona and Ohio State in back-to-back games.


They also fell against Xavier on December 10, but other than that loss, they won eight of their previous ten contests. Cincinnati won five of its most recent six games, with its lone defeat occurring on January 1 against Temple.


Following that defeat, the Bearcats triumphed at Wichita State on Thursday, 70-61. In nine of their previous ten games, including eight consecutive at home, they won ATS.


The Bearcats were a decent offensive club this season, ranked No. 13 in turnover rate. They make 51.8% of their 2-point attempts and shoot 35.2% from beyond the arc.


Cincinnati’s offensive shortcoming was its free throw shooting, ranking 225 in the nation for free-throw percentage (69.7).


Houston’s defense, which is among the top five in both 2-point % and 3-point percentage, will be tested by the Bearcats. 


  • The Cincinnati Bearcats are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 matches. 
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s previous 5 meetings. 
  • The Bearcats are 5-1 SU in their last 6 matches.

#2 Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats. The NCAAB pick for this game is the #2 Houston Cougars. In recent weeks, the betting market undervalued Cincinnati, but going into this game, that value was drained.


Houston’s talent, intensity, and experience, which helped the Cougars to six straight victories in this series, will be too much for the Bearcats to handle.


In the last seven encounters between these teams, Houston also covered the spread as a result of this. Given their potential to rise to the top of the polls, the Cougars want to win this game by a wide margin and send a message to the college basketball community.


Cincinnati only triumphed in three of its last 10 conference contests, and it lacks the skills necessary to compete on Sunday. The #2 Houston Cougars will win to a predicted score of 73-62.


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Houston Cougars vs Cincinnati Bearcats 1/8/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 3:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Fifth Third Arena, IL


Date: Sunday, January 8, 2023




NCAAB Odds: Houston Cougars -9.5


NCAAB Totals: 135


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