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Cincinnati vs. Purdue NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Purdue Boilermakers (21-12) at Cincinnati Bearcats (22-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:10 pm (KFC Yum! Center)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Purdue Boilermakers face off on Thursday in Louisville in a Midwest Regional matchup of the NCCA Tournament.

The Cincinnati Bearcats finished the season at 22-10 and it earned them the number eight see in the Midwest Region. Cincinnati is averaging 62.4 points and they are shooting 45.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 55.3 points and their opponents are shooting 39 percent. Octavus Ellis leads the Bearcats averaging 10 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Troy Caupain is averaging 9.5 points, Farad Cobb is averaging 8.5 points, and Gary Clark is averaging 7.9 points and 7.0 rebounds. Cincinnati is 9-4 out of conference and 1-2 in neutral site games.

Cincinnati vs. Purdue NCAA Tournament - 3/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Purdue Boilermakers finished the season at 21-12 and that was good enough for a nine seed in the Midwest Bracket of the NCAA Tournament. Purdue is averaging 70 points and they are shooting 45.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 64.5 points and their opponents are shooting 40.1 percent. A.J. Hammons leads the Boilermakers averaging 11.8 points and 6.5 rebounds. Raphael Davis is averaging 10.9 points, Jon Octeus is averaging 9.3 points, and Kendall Stephens is averaging 8.8 points. Purdue was 8-5 outside of the Big Ten and 3-3 in neutral site games.

Cincinnati is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six neutral site games, and 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 NCAA Tournament games. Purdue is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven NCAA Tournament games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, and 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games.

This is one of those games I won’t be betting as it looks to be too close but I will go with Purdue as while I am not enamored with the Big Ten, they are the better team here. 

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Purdue Boilermakers -1

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