The AAC has become one of the toughest college basketball conferences in America and two of the league's best programs will go head-to-head Saturday when the Houston Cougars host the Cincinnati Bearcats on CBS and Paramount+. The No. 3 Cougars are 19-2 overall this season and are 7-1 in the American Athletic Conference while the Bearcats are 14-7 and 5-3 in the league in Wes Miller's second season. Houston captured a 72-59 victory in Cincinnati when the teams first met on Jan. 8, but both teams have suffered tough losses within the last week. You can stream the game on Paramount+, and get a 30-day free trial now with promo code PLAYOFFS until 1/31/23.

Tipoff is set for 2:15 p.m. ET at the Fertitta Center in Houston, where the Cougars have suffered both their losses this season to Alabama and Temple. The latest Houston vs. Cincinnati odds from Caesars Sportsbook list the Cougars as 14-point favorites, while the over/under for total points is set at 135.5. Saturday's showdown will be televised on CBS and streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have Premium plan.

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How to watch Houston vs. Cincinnati

  • Houston vs. Cincinnati date: Saturday, Jan. 28
  • Houston vs. Cincinnati time: 2:15 p.m. ET
  • Houston vs. Cincinnati TV channel: CBS 
  • Houston vs. Cincinnati live stream: Paramount+ 

College basketball picks for Cincinnati vs. Houston

Before tuning into the Houston vs. Cincinnati game, you need to see the college basketball picks from SportsLine's advanced computer model. The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters Week 12 of the season 45-26 on all top-rated college basketball picks, returning more than $1,100 for $100 players. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns. 

For Houston vs. Cincinnati, the model projects that the third-ranked Cougars cover the 14-point spread at home. The Bearcats haven't made an NCAA Tournament appearance since 2019 while Houston has become one of the most dominant programs in the country since Cincinnati fell off in the AAC.

The Cougars gave gone to two Elite Eights and a Final Four in the last three tournaments held, winning at least 28 games in each of those seasons. Now they're well on their way to another season where they approach 30 wins and look like national title contenders with Marcus Sasser back and playing as well as ever while five-star freshman Jarace Walker appears to be coming into his own.

Sasser is averaging 19.2 points per game over his last five contests and Walker is averaging 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds during that same span. That dynamic duo is a big reason why the model has Houston covering the two-touchdown spread in almost 60% of its simulations. Stream the game right here

How to watch, live stream the college basketball on CBS

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