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How and what to watch for Cincinnati vs. No. 6 Houston

After losing by five points to the Shockers, the No. 6-ranked Houston Cougars will look to bounce back against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday.

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Houston Cougars guard Quentin Grimes dribbles the ball against Tulane Green Wave guard Jordan Walker during the first half at Fertitta Center.  Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday afternoon, the Cincinnati Bearcats will look to pull the upset on the No. 6-ranked Houston Cougars at 1 p.m. ET ESPN.

The Bearcats (7-7, 5-4 AAC) have won four-straight games, which includes a season sweep over the Temple Owls. Last weekend, Cincinnati defeated the UCF Knights 69-68. Keith Williams was tied as the team’s leading scorer with 14 points, to go along with eight rebounds and four assists. The Bearcats had four players score in double-figures as they shot 48.1 percent from the field. This season, Williams is Cinci’s leading scorer at 14.7 points per game, while shooting 42.7 percent from the field.

The Cougars (17-3, 11-3 AAC) are coming off a tough 68-63 loss to the Wichita State Shockers on Thursday, snapping their short-two game winning streak. Tyson Etienne and Alterique Gilbert led Houston with 16 points a piece. However it was not enough as the Cougars did not do a great job defending the three-point line. They allowed the Shockers to shoot 45.5 percent from behind the arc, which ultimately played a huge role in this game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Cincinnati vs. Houston on Sunday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Houston -13
Point Total: 136
Money line: Cincinnati +700, Houston -1115

  • Cincinnati is 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games, and the total has gone over in 8 of 10.
  • Houston is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games, and the total has gone over in six of nine.

The Best Bet

After suffering a tough five-point road loss to Wichita State, the Cougars will be looking to bounce back with a dominating conference win. This season, when Houston is double-digit favorites they have a record of 9-4 against the spread. The Bearcats will not go quietly as they’ve won four-straight games. But none of the teams that they beat are of the quality of Houston.

Pick: Houston -13

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