Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Memphis Tigers - 3/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Tigers (18-12) at Cincinnati Bearcats (21-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Tigers will travel to Fifth Third Arena to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Memphis Tigers improved to 18-12 (10-7 American) on the season after defeating the Connecticut Huskies, 54-53, this past Thursday. Memphis shot 39.7% from the field and 37.5% (6-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Trahson Burrell who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. Memphis is ranked 83rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 50th ranked SOS. On the season, the Tigers have been led by Austin Nichols (13.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.4 bpg) and Shaq Goodwin (9.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Memphis is averaging 67.2 ppg (ranked 177th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 152nd). The Tigers average 14.3 apg (ranked 64th) however, commit 13.7 turnovers per game (ranked 274th). Memphis is holding their opponents to an average of 62.1 ppg (ranked 65th) on 39.2% shooting (ranked 27th). The Tigers pull down 37.87 total rpg (ranked 33rd) and are holding teams to 29.8% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 15th).
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The Cincinnati Bearcats improved to 21-9 (12-5 American) on the season after defeating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 56-47, this past Wednesday. Cincinnati shot 45.7% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bearcats was Farad Cobb who had 22 points, 1 rebound, and 2 steals. Cincinnati is ranked 38th in the RPI Standings and has played the 59th ranked SOS. On the season, the Bearcats have been led by Octavius Ellis (9.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.2 bpg) and Troy Caupain (9.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.5 apg). Cincinnati is averaging 62.2 ppg (ranked 296th) on 45.2% shooting (ranked 91st). The Bearcats average 5.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 292nd) and commit 12.9 turnovers per game (ranked 204th). Cincinnati is holding their opponents to an average of 54.9 ppg (ranked 6th) on 38.7% shooting (ranked 20th). The Bearcats average 5.6 bpg (ranked 13th) and commit 14.8 personal fouls per game (ranked 11th).
The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Bearcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Memphis was able to bounce back from losses against Tulsa and SMU to beat UConn on the road in a game were they held UConn to just 27.8% shooting from the field and 23.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Cincinnati has won their last 4 games as their defensive have been holding its opponents to just 51.75 in that span. Memphis was able to take the first game of this series with a 63-50 victory at home in early January. I expect this to be another low scoring affair and although I feel that Cincinnati will win this game, this is too many points not to take here. Take Memphis and the points.