Houston vs. Cincinnati odds, line: College basketball picks, predictions from proven model on 90-58 roll

The only Top 25 battle on Sunday afternoon will be the No. 25 Cincinnati Bearcats visiting the No. 12 Houston Cougars. Tipoff is at 4 p.m. ET from the Fertitta Center. 

Tied on top of the American Athletic Conference standings at 9-1 and with only four total losses between them, Houston vs. Cincinnati is loaded with postseason implications. The Cougars are 4.5-point favorites in the latest Cincinnati vs. Houston odds, with the Over-Under set at 132. 

Before making any Cincinnati vs. Houston picks of your own, be sure to see the college basketball predictions from SportsLine's advanced computer model. 

This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following its picks. During the past two years, the SportsLine Projection Model has returned more than $5,200 to $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks. It also entered Week 14 of the 2018-19 college basketball season on a blistering 90-58 run on top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it is way up. 

Now, the model has simulated Houston vs. Cincinnati 10,000 times. We can tell you it's backing the Over, and it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can see that pick only at SportsLine.

The model has taken Cincinnati's extremely strong run in conference play into account. The Bearcats lost a pair of key nonconference battles against Ohio State and Mississippi State, but that didn't carry over into American competition as they enter play on Sunday with nine consecutive victories. 

Guard Jarron Cumberland has been the catalyst. He leads the team in scoring (18.6 points per game), assists (3.6) and is fourth in rebounding (4.1). Keith Williams (10.9 points per game) is the only other player who averages double-digits for the Bearcats, but with six total players who put up eight or more, Cincinnati has enough offense to complement one of the nation's best defenses (61.7 points per game).

But the Cougars are stout on defense as well, so there's no guarantee the Bearcats will cover the Cincinnati vs. Houston spread on Sunday.

Houston is giving up 60.8 points per game, good for seventh in the nation in scoring defense. The Cougars are also anchored by a strong backcourt. Corey Davis Jr. and Armoni Brooks, who average just under 30 points per game combined, are both all-conference caliber players. 

Houston dominated the AAC after a setback against Temple earlier in the season, entering Sunday with seven consecutive victories. Six of those victories have come by at least nine points, which would easily cover Sunday's spread.

Who wins Houston vs. Cincinnati? And which side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Houston vs. Cincinnati spread you should be all over Sunday, all from the model that has returned more than $5,000 to $100 players the last two years.

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