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Cincinnati vs. Tulsa - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-5) at Cincinnati Bearcats (10-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -10 -- Over/Under: 140 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Fifth Third Arena to take on the 22nd ranked Cincinnati Bearcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane dropped to 8-5 (0-1 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the 17th ranked SMU Mustangs, 81-69, this past Tuesday. Tulsa struggled defensively and couldn’t get back in the game after falling behind 60-48 midway through the 2nd half. Tulsa shot 44.1% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Golden Hurricane allowed the Mustangs to shoot 56.4% from the field and 66.7% (10-15) form beyond the arc. Leading the way for Tulsa was Shaquille Harrison who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Golden Hurricane has been led by Shaquille Harrison (17.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.1 spg), James Woodard (16.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Marquel Curtis (7.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Tulsa is averaging 76.2 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field and 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Hurricane average 6.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg on 42.0% shooting. The Golden Hurricane has a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 4.0.

Cincinnati vs. Tulsa - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Bearcats lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 10-4 (0-1 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the Temple Owls, 77-70, this past Tuesday. Cincinnati struggled defensively against the Owls and allowed Temple to go on a 11-5 run to end the game in the loss. Cincinnati shot 42.6% from the field and 36.8% (7-19) from beyond the arc. The Bearcats allowed the Owls to shoot 50.0% from the field and 45.5% (10-22) from three-point range. Leading the way for Cincinnati was Troy Caupain who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Bearcats have been led by Farad Cobb (11.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Troy Caupain (11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.1 spg), and Octavius Ellis (10.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Offensively, Cincinnati is averaging 77.6 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field and 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bearcats average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.40. Defensively, Cincinnati is holding their opponents to an average of 62.2 ppg on 38.2% shooting. The Bearcats have a rebound margin of 7.4 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The Golden Hurricane are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AAC opponents. The Bearcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. AAC opponents however, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Cincinnati surprisingly struggled on the defensive end in their recent loss against Temple and will need to find some answers quickly as they go against Tulsa that has two of the better guards in the conference in Shaquille Harrison and James Woodard. I do like the Bearcats to bounce back in this game at home, but at the same time, I think this is just too many points to give a Tulsa team that has wins against Wichita State and Oklahoma State. Take Tulsa and the points. 

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