SMU at Cincinnati 1/12/17 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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SMU Mustangs vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
NCAAB: 9:00 PM EST
Jan. 12, 2017
Latest Odds : CIN -6 Total 126
SMU (14-3, 4-0) seems to have some things sorted out since a little bit of stumbling toward the beginning of the season. The Mustangs lost three of their first seven games, but have since won 10 straight and gotten off to a perfect start in the American Conference standings.
Despite their current streak, SMU was left out of the polls for another week. If the Mustangs can take down Cincinnati this week, they may just land among the top 25. What SMU really wants is to finish strong this season. The Mustangs won their first 18 games last year before finishing 7-5.
Junior forward Semi Ojeleye has been a beast in the paint. He averages 17.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for SMU and can shoot it from the outside, with a .440 3-point percentage. He takes an average of 6.1 free throws per game and makes them at a .748 percentage.
The No. 22 Bearcats (13-2, 3-0) have taken both of their losses to ranked teams, and have beaten No. 19 Iowa State on the road this year. Cincinnati has its own six-game winning streak, and could be, with the Mustangs, a favorite to win the American Conference.
Sophomore guard Jacob Evans is a sharpshooter who leads the Bearcats in scoring. He averages 15.1 points per game and is shooting a .435 3-point percentage. Evans has hit at least two 3-pointers in 10 games this season, and has a pair of games with four 3-pointers.
Recent Betting Trends:
Mustangs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
Bearcats are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference.
Under is 4-1 in Mustangs last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Over is 4-1 in Bearcats last 5 home games.
Free Betting Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats -6
This Bearcats team is the one true power in the American Conference and Cincinnati keeps it's HOT STREAK going with another easy win tonight. Cincinnati is 3-0 straight up and 2-0-1 ATS in Conference play those trends continue tonight. Final Score Prediction, Cincinnati Bearcats win and cover ATS 66-57.