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Cincinnati vs. Brown - 11/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Brown Bears (8-20) at Cincinnati Bearcats (22-11)

College Basketball: Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -23.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Brown Bears face off on Friday in their 2016-2017 college basketball season opening game.  

The Cincinnati bearcats once again should have a formidable team and should at the very least contend for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Mick Cronin enters his 11th season and while he hasn’t delivered a championship team for UC, he seems to field a competitive and winning team every season. The best news for Cronin is Troy Caupain, Cincinnati’s starting point guard, is back for his senior season and Gary Clark returns as well after winning the AAC Defensive Player of the Year Award last season when he averaged 10.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Jacob Evans should take on a much bigger role for Cincinnati this season after scoring 26 points and grabbing 9 rebounds in the Bearcats loss to St. Joe’s in the NCAA Tournament. Big things are expected of Kyle Washington who transfers to UC from NC State. While Cincinnati lost some players from last season they could actually be better this year.

Cincinnati vs. Brown - 11/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Brown Bears have never been shy about scheduling and once again they have put coach Mike Martin up against difficult opponents to start the year. Brown will lean on guard Trevon Blackmon who averaged 13.3 points and 5.5 assists per game last season and J.R. Hobbie who averaged 9 points a year ago. Steven Spieth also returns and he averaged 10.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while Patrick Triplett and Kyle Haber will take on bigger roles and the 2 points per game they averaged last season. Brown brings in many young players but the most interesting player on the roster is former Utah starter Blake Wilkinson who went on his 2-year Mormon mission before returning to the court in junior college two seasons ago when he was injured. Brown has experience but I am not sure they have the talent level to compete on the big stage.

Cincinnati is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games and 1-7 against the spread in their last 8 non-conference games. Brown is 7-2 against the spread in their last 9 road games and 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 games.

This one should be men against boys and a decisive Cincinnati win but with that being said Cincinnati isn’t a high scoring team and therefore their games are lower scoring making this number a big hill to climb so Cincinnati wins easy but Brown covers the spread. 

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Brown Bears +23.5

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