Cincinnati Bearcats at Houston Cougars

Cincinnati Bearcats Preview

The Cincinnati Bearcats have played a school-record seven overtime games, ending a streak of four in a row with a 67-64 victory over Wichita State last Sunday. They have played seven consecutive games that were decided by three points or fewer, or in overtime.

That streak started with a 64-62 home victory over then-No. 21 Houston as Jarron Cumberland posted 17 points and seven assists and the Cougars missed the final shot. Cumberland, a senior guard, averages a team-best 15.5 points per game and exemplifies the grittiness that is in the Bearcats’ DNA. He overcame a poor shooting night against Wichita State (3 of 11) by getting to the line 22 times, making 16.

No. 25 Houston Cougars Preview

The Houston Cougars have had slightly more than a week off since a 60-59 loss at Memphis on Feb. 22, when the team’s second-leading scorer, guard Quentin Grimes (11.8 points per game), sat out because of a hip pointer. Coach Kelvin Sampson said Friday that Grimes had been “in and out of practice” all week but his availability for Sunday was unknown.

Houston has four losses in the American Athletic Conference by a total of six points, and the Cougars are tough to knock out because of their defense — opponents shoot 38.1 percent overall and 29.0 percent from 3-point range — and ferocious rebounding (a plus-9.7 margin).