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Cincinnati vs. Saint Joseph's - 3/18/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Bearcats (22-10) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (27-7)

College Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm (Spokane Arena)

The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks +2 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds

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The Cincinnati Bearcats and Saint Joseph's Hawks meet in the NCAA Tournament Friday night at the Spokane Arena.

The Cincinnati Bearcats are playing in the tournament for the sixth straight season. The Cincinnati Bearcats are averaging 73.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 62.9 points on 39 percent shooting. Troy Caupain is averaging 13.2 points and 3.8 assists while Farad Cobb is averaging 10.7 points and 1.8 rebounds. Gary Clark is dishing 2.2 assists and Octavius Ellis is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Cincinnati Bearcats are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Bearcats are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Cincinnati Bearcats are 2-1 this season on neutral courts.

Cincinnati vs. Saint Joseph's - 3/18/16 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Saint Joseph's Hawks play in the tournament for the second time in three years. The Saint Joseph's Hawks are averaging 77.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 69.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Isaiah Miles is averaging 18.4 points and 8.1 rebounds while DeAndre Bembry is averaging 17.3 points and 4.5 assists. Aaron Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Shavar Newkirk is dishing 2.8 assists. The Saint Joseph's Hawks are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Hawks are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Saint Joseph's Hawks are 5-1 on neutral courts this season.

The Bearcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawks are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games. 

Saint Joseph's may be the more talented team, especially on the offensive end. However, Cincinnati is as tough as they come and can ware teams down that aren't used to the physical defensive style of play. I like the Bearcats to grind this one out. 

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Cincinnati Bearcats -2

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