Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 10:00 AM
Sunday's Tip Sheet
Three of Sunday’s more interesting late games on the betting board starts things off in the AAC with a big showdown between the No. 25 Cincinnati Bearcats and the No. 12 Houston Cougars.
The top matchup in the Big Ten sends the Northwestern Wildcats on the road to face the No. 20 Iowa Hawkeyes. The final game on the slate is a Pac-12 tilt between the Stanford Cardinal and the Oregon Ducks in Eugene.
No. 25 Cincinnati Bearcats at No. 12 Houston Cougars (ESPN, 4 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Houston -5, Total 133
With Thursday’s 69-64 road victory against Memphis as 4 ½-point favorites, the Bearcats extended their current straight-up winning streak to eight games. They have been able to cover the closing spread in four of their last five wins. The total stayed UNDER 147 ½ points in Thursday’s victory after going OVER in eight of their previous nine contests. Jarron Cumberland scored 17 points to rally Cincinnati from a second half double-digit deficit against the Tigers. The junior guard leads the team in scoring with 18.6 points per game.
Houston matched Cincinnati’s SU 9-1 record in AAC play with Thursday’s 77-68 victory against Central Florida as a 2 ½-point favorite on the road. This was the Cougars’ seventh win in a row SU while going 5-2 ATS during the same span. The total went OVER 132 points in that game and it has gone OVER in three of their last four outings. Senior guard Corey Davis Jr. is Houston’s top scorer with 15.5 PPG and he has scored a combined 50 points in his last two starts.
-- The Bearcats are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a SU win and the total has gone OVER in seven of their last nine games coming off a win SU.
-- The Cougars have gone 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games against a team with a SU winning record on the road. The total has gone OVER in five of their last seven Sunday games.
-- The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in the last seven meetings in Houston.
Northwestern Wildcats at No. 20 Iowa Hawkeyes (Big Ten Network, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Iowa -9 ½, Total 144
The Wildcats’ current losing streak reached three games both SU and ATS with Monday’s 59-52 loss to Penn State at home as three-point favorites. The other two losses were on the road as underdogs to Wisconsin and Maryland. They are now 3-8 SU (4-7 ATS) in Big Ten play as part of a 12-10 record overall. Northwestern is 10-11-1 ATS with an even 6-6-1 mark on its home court. The Wildcats are averaging 67.7 PPG, but they have failed to score more than 52 points in each of their last three contests.
Iowa is coming off a big 77-72 upset against Indiana on Thursday as a 2 ½-point road underdog. This followed an even bigger upset on Feb. 1 when the Hawkeyes knocked off Michigan 75-59 as 5 ½-point underdogs at home. They are 18-5 SU on the year with a 7-5 record in the Big Ten. They have covered the closing number in seven of their last nine games as part of a 12-11 record ATS. Junior guard Jordan Bohannon had the hot hand on Thursday night with a season-high 25 points. He scored Iowa’s final 11 points in the winning effort.
-- The Wildcats have failed to cover in four of their last five road games and the total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last six games on the road.
-- The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games with the total staying UNDER in six of their last eight home games.
-- The home team has been able to cover in five of the last six meetings with the total staying UNDER in three of the last five meetings overall. This includes Iowa’s 73-63 victory against the Wildcats on Jan. 9 as a three-point road underdog.
Stanford Cardinal at Oregon Ducks (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET)
Opening Odds: Oregon -6 ½, Total 135 ½
Stanford ran past Oregon State 83-60 on Thursday night to even its SU record in Pac-12 play at 5-5. It closed as a 7 ½-point road underdog to improve to 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS over its last five games. The total has stayed UNDER four of those five outings. The Cardinal are 12-10 SU with an even 10-10-2 record ATS. They are 2-4 ATS in their last six road games. Sophomore forward KZ Okpala (17.7 PPG) has been hit or miss lately as the team’s highest scorer. He was held to 10 points in Thursday’s win after posting 30 points in a win against California on Feb. 2.
The Ducks have won three of their last four games with Wednesday’s 73-62 victory against Cal at home. They failed to cover as heavy 16-point favorites as part of a 2-4 record ATS in their last six games. The total has stayed UNDER in five of Oregon’s last seven contests. The Ducks are also 5-5 SU in the Pac-12 and 14-9 overall. The total has stayed UNDER in 14 of those 23 games. Junior guard Payton Pritchard is averaging a team-high 11.8 points and 4.3 assists per game. He put up 20 points with 10 rebounds in Wednesday night’s win.
-- The Cardinal are just 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a SU win and the total has gone OVER in six of their last eight games coming off a win SU.
-- The Ducks have failed to cover in five of their last seven home games and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of their last nine game following a loss ATS.
-- The underdog in this matchup has covered in five of the last seven meetings and the total has gone OVER in three of the last four meetings overall.