How to watch Texas basketball vs. Cincinnati: Odds, matchups, injuries and more

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No. 25 Texas basketball (11-3, 0-1 Big 12) and head coach Rodney Terry hit new grounds on Jan. 9 as they travel to Ohio to face a new conference foe, the Cincinnati Bearcats (12-2, 1-0 Big 12). In the only meeting between Texas and Cincinnati as Big 12 foes before UT leaves for the SEC next season, Terry's squad is looking for a bounce-back win.

Texas didn't get enough regarding scoring contributions from their bigs and failed to close out the game strongly in its Big 12 opener on Jan. 6 at the Moody Center in Austin against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Kadin Shedrick, Dylan Disu, and Brock Cunnigham combined for just 11 points on 4-of-18 shooting from the field in the loss to Texas Tech.

Cincinnati had a more positive start to Big 12 play, pulling off a big double-digit upset of the No. 12 BYU Cougars on the road on Jan. 6. The Bearcats handed the Cougars its first home loss of the season last weekend to open up conference play.

Here’s a look at the TV/streaming information and game time as No. 25 Texas travels to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena on Jan. 9.

How to watch Texas basketball vs. Cincinnati

TV/Live Stream: Big 12 Now/ESPN+

Radio/Audio StreamLonghorn Radio Network/Sirius XM 83

Game time: 6 p.m. CT

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Matt Schumacker and Kevin Lehman will call the game between Texas and Cincinnati on Big 12 Now/ESPN+ on Jan. 9.

Craig Way and Eddie Oran have the call on the radio broadcast on IMG Longhorn Radio Network.

Texas is 0-2 all-time against Cincinnati. Both matchups between Texas and Cincinnati on the hardwood came during the NCAA Tournament. The last meeting between these two teams resulted in a 65-59 win for the Bearcats in the second round of the NCAA Tournament during the 2011-12 season.

Texas basketball projected starting lineup vs. Cincinnati

  • G: Tyrese Hunter, Junior (13.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.4 APG)
  • G: Max Abmas, Senior (17.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 4.4 APG)
  • W/F: Brock Cunningham, Senior (5.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.6 APG)
  • F: Dillon Mitchell, Sophomore (11.4 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.9 APG)
  • C: Kadin Shedrick, Junior (11.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.8 APG)

Cincinnati projected starting lineup vs. Texas

  • G: Day Day Thomas, Junior (10.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.0 APG)
  • G: John Newman, Senior (9.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.9 APG)
  • W: Dan Skillings, Sophomore (11.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG)
  • W/F: Simas Lukosius, Sophomore (8.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 3.2 APG)
  • F: Viktor Lakhin, Junior (13.9 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.3 APG)

Texas basketball injury report vs. Cincinnati

After missing the regular season finale win over the UT-Arlington Mavericks on Jan. 1 due to an illness. Hunter returned at full strength for the Longhorns against Texas Tech last weekend.

There are no other disclosed injuries for the Longhorns heading into this Jan. 9 Big 12 matchup against Cincinnati on the road.

Texas basketball vs. Cincinnati: Prediction and odds for Jan. 9

Texas is a 4.5-point underdog against Cincinnati on Jan. 9, and the Bearcats are favored in the moneyline (-210) over the Longhorns (+180), per FanDuel. The over/under is 145.5 points.

Cincinnati is the No. 29 ranked team in adjusted efficiency in Division I, per Kenpom. Texas, meanwhile, ranks 39th in the nation in adjusted efficiency.

Kenpom gives Texas a 35 percent chance of beating Cincinnati and projects the final score of this game to be 76-71 in favor of the Bearcats.

Cincinnati is one of the more well-rounded teams the Longhorns will face on the road in Big 12 play this season. The Bearcats rank 45th in the nation in offensive rating and 25th in defensive rating.

Cincinnati flexed its defensive muscles in the Big 12 opener, holding the nation's third-rank team in offensive rating, BYU, to a season-low 60 points in the 71-60 win on Jan. 6.

Terry's squad will also be tested on the glass. Cincinnati ranks third in the nation in rebounding percentage. The Bearcats are winning the battle on the glass by an average margin of over a dozen rebounds per game.

Cincinnati has a good combination of length and athleticism that will test the Texas frontcourt duo of Disu and Shedrick in this game.

If Texas is to pull the upset against Cincinnati, the outside shooting must be efficient and the paint scoring presence must be consistent. Texas can't let this one get away from them early, or the length and efficiency of Cincinnati can clamp down on both ends.

Final score prediction: Cincinnati-77, Texas-74