Betting on today’s Bearcats and Cougars game? Catch the action at Marriott Center in Provo, UT, as the Cougars hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN2. The over/under for this Big 12 conference contest is set at 151.5 points, with the Cougars being the favored team playing at home against the Bearcats.

CINCINNATI BEARCATS VS BYU COUGARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats +9.5

This game will be played at Marriott Center at 10:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE CINCINNATI BEARCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 72-71 in favor of the Bearcats.
  • Not only will Cincinnati pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Do the Bearcats Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

Heading into today’s game, the Cincinnati Bearcats are 9.5-point underdogs on the road. So far this season, they have gone 11-2 and are currently riding a three-game winning streak.

Over their last 10 games on the road, the Bearcats have gone just 3-7. In their last game, they took on Evansville and came away with a 76-58 win.

As the underdog this season, Cincinnati has an ATS record of 0-1 and an overall ATS mark of 5-8. On the road, the Bearcats are 0-3 vs. the spread and have gone just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games.

So far this season, Cincinnati’s over/under record is 8-5, and today’s line of 151.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (146.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Cincinnati offense tallied 76 points in a matchup against Evansville. Their field goal percentage for the game was 39.1%, and they made 12 threes. On the offensive front, the Bearcats have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, ranking 168th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 155th in terms of percentage and 113rd in three-pointers made.

Currently, the Bearcats’ defense holds the 62nd rank in the nation, allowing 65.8 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.4 threes per game vs. BYU. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.8%.

Is A Home Victory Likely for the Favored Cougars?

BYU comes into today’s game with an overall record of 12-1 and are currently favored by 9.5 points. So far this season, the Cougars have been perfect at home, going 10-0 and have an average scoring margin of +32.2 points per game at home.

In their last game, BYU faced off against Wyoming and came away with a 94-68 victory. Over their last ten games at home, the Cougars are a perfect 10-0.

BYU has been a strong bet at home this season, going 9-1 against the spread. Their overall ATS mark is 11-2. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars are 8-2 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for BYU games is 5-8. The average scoring total in their games is 151.9 points, which is just above today’s over/under line of 151.5. Over their last three games, the OU record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 153 points.

The Cougars’ offense finished with 94 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 90.4 points per contest. For the season, the BYU offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 351st in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 49%.

The Cougars’ defense is presently ranked 12th nationally, allowing an average of 61.5 points per contest. BYU’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Wyoming offense to knock down 53% of their shots on their way to putting up 68 points.