Check out our free Cincinnati vs Hofstra pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Hempstead. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Cincinnati vs Hofstra Pick & Preview: Saturday, March 18th Betting Odds
Bearcats vs Pride Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Cincinnati Bearcats at Hofstra Pride
- Where: Hempstead at Mack Sports Complex
- Date: Saturday, March 18th
- Betting Odds: Cincinnati -1.5, CIN -122 | HOFST +100 O/U 150.0
The Cincinnati Bearcats head into today’s game in what will be their 34th game of the season, posting a record of 21-12. So far, the Bearcats have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 4-7. This season, Cincinnati has been favored to win in 25 games, sitting with a mark of 21-4. For today’s contest, Cincinnati has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
Cincinnati will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Landers Nolley II who is averaging 16.61 points per game for the Bearcats. II is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bearcats’ offensive game plan is the play of David DeJuilius who has hit 42.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.52 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Cincinnati this season, as they are currently ranked 254th in college basketball at 69.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bearcats’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.5%, placing them 388th in the NCAA.
The Hofstra Pride head into today’s game in what will be their 34th game of the season, posting a record of 24-9. Currently, the Pride have been the home team 14 times, sitting with a record of 12-2. So far, the Pride have been the underdog 14 times, going 6-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Aaron Estrada comes into today’s game as the Pride’s leading scorer at 20.52 points per contest. Not only has Estrada been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Hofstra’s top rebounder at 5.52 boards per contest. Behind Estrada, the team has benefited from the strong play of Tyler Thomas, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.27 points per game. Overall, he has hit 49.4% of his shots and is adding 3.82 boards per game.
Hofstra comes into today’s matchup vs Cincinnati, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.9 points per game. Through 33 games, they have hit 46.3% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Pride have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 340th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Cincinnati Bearcats -1.5
Heading into this matchup, with the Cincinnati Bearcats sitting as -1.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Cincinnati and Hofstra are averaging 8.15 and 9.53 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Cincinnati has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Bearcats to cover at -1.5.