The Sooners and Bearcats are set to face off at 1:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bearcats will host the game at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, OH. The over/under for this Big 12 conference contest is set at 141.5 points, with the Bearcats being the favored team playing at home against the Sooners.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS VS CINCINNATI BEARCATS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats -3.5

This game will be played at Fifth Third Arena at 1:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE CINCINNATI BEARCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-67 in favor of the Bearcats.
  • Not only will Cincinnati pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Oklahoma Win on the Road?

So far this season, Oklahoma has been a much better team at home than on the road. The Sooners have gone 13-1 at home, compared to just 1-2 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +18.6, while on the road it is -3.0. They are also coming off a win over West Virginia, which improved their record to 14-3 overall.

As the underdog, Oklahoma has gone just 1-3 this season, while they are a perfect 13-0 as the favorite. For the year, they have gone 12-1 in non-conference games, compared to 2-2 in Big 12 action. Over their last 10 games on the road, their record is just 2-8.

As the underdog this season, Oklahoma has a record of 1-3 vs. the spread and an overall ATS mark of 10-7. On the road, the Sooners are just 1-2 vs. the spread this year and their last 10 road ATS record is 3-7. In their last three games as the underdog, Oklahoma is 0-3 vs. the spread.

Oklahoma’s over/under record for the season sits at 9-8 and today’s line of 141.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (145.4). So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. The average scoring total in their last three games is 144 points.

The Oklahoma offense is coming off a game in which they scored 77 points vs. West Virginia. Overall their field goal percentage was 49% while connecting on 5 threes. Leading Oklahoma in scoring vs. West Virginia was Jalon Moore with his 16 points. Javian McCollum also added 13 points for the Sooners.

In the current season, the Oklahoma defense has excelled, sitting 35th in the nation by allowing 65.1 points per game. In today’s game, the Oklahoma defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 63 points.

Can The Bearcats Secure a Home Victory?

After winning their last game against TCU by a score of 81-77, the Cincinnati Bearcats have a 13-4 record, including an 11-1 mark at home. On the season, they have been favored in 14 of their 17 games, going 12-2 in those contests.

So far, the Bearcats have a 2-2 record in Big 12 play, and they are 11-2 in non-conference games. Over their last 10 games at home, Cincinnati is 9-1, and they are 4-1 in their last five.

As the favorite this season, Cincinnati has a 6-8 record vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is 6-6. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bearcats are 4-6 vs. the spread. In their last 3 home games, Cincinnati is 1-2 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for Cincinnati games is 10-7 and today’s line of 141.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (147.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points.

Cincinnati’s offense had a good outing, putting up 81 points against TCU. They achieved a 52.5% field goal percentage and went 11/21 from the free-throw line. The team’s top scorer is Viktor Lakhin, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 13.5, while Daniel Skillings also maintains a PPG average of 11.8 leading up to the game.

Cincinnati’s defense has been playing well, ranking 61st nationally, with 66.4 points allowed per game. The Cincinnati defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 77 points and allowed TCU to connect on 6 threes.