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Cincinnati vs SMU Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Bearcats vs Mustangs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Cincinnati Bearcats at SMU Mustangs
  • Where: Dallas at Moody Coliseum
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Cincinnati -5, CIN -222 | SMU +178 O/U 146.0

Bearcats Preview:

The Cincinnati Bearcats head into today’s game in what will be their 19th game of the season, posting a record of 12-6. On the road, the Bearcats will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 1-2. So far, the Bearcats have been favored 13 times, going 11-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Cincinnati as -5 point favorites.

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Cincinnati will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Landers Nolley II who is averaging 15.0 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 43.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.72 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.

Mustangs Preview:

SMU will take the floor against the Bearcats with an overall record of 6-11. Currently, the Mustangs have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 5-5. So far, the Mustangs have been the underdog 10 times, going 2-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.

Important to the outcome of the game, is if Zhuric Phelps will be able to suit up for the Mustangs’. Heading into play, Phelps leads the team at 17.53 points per game. So far, he has an effective field goal percentage of 45.4% while also adding 3.93 rebounds. Even if Zhuric Phelps ends up playing, SMU will be counting on Zach Nutall to continue his solid play for the team. Currently, Nutall is the Mustangs’ second leading scorer at 13.65 points per game. So far, he has hit 42.0% of his field goal attempts.

On offense, SMU comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 446th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Mustangs’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. So far, 42.57% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.3%.

Free Spread Prediction: Cincinnati Bearcats -5

If you are eying this matchup between SMU Mustangs and Cincinnati Bearcats as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Cincinnati to cover the spread as -5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Cincinnati shooting well enough to keep the Mustangs at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Bearcats’ to win the game and cover the spread.

 


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