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Cincinnati vs. SMU - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Methodist Mustangs (14-3) at Cincinnati Bearcats (13-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -6 -- Over/Under: 126.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Cincinnati Bearcats and the SMU Mustangs face off on Thursday in American Athletic Conference college basketball action.

The Cincinnati Bearcats are 13-2 this season and they have won their last 6 games. Cincinnati is averaging 79.3 points per game and they are shooting 48.5 percent from the floor and 34.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 61.4 points and their opponents are shooting 36 percent. Jacob Evans leads the Bearcats averaging 15.1 points per game. Kyle Washington is averaging 13.8 points and 7.5 rebounds for UC, Troy Caupain is averaging 10 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Gary Clark is averaging 9.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Cincinnati is 9-0 at home and 3-0 in AAC games this season.

Cincinnati vs. SMU - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SMU Mustangs are 14-3 this season and they have won their last 10 games. SMU is averaging 72.9 points per game and they are shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 39.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 59.1 points and their opponents are shooting 38.8 percent. Semi Ojeleye leads the Mustangs averaging 17.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Shake Milton is averaging 11.9 points for SMU, Ben Moore is averaging 11.6 points and 7.6 rebounds, and Sterling Brown is averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. SMU is 2-2 on the road this season and 4-0 in AAC play.

Cincinnati is 3-1-1 against the spread against the AAC and 3-7 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. SMU is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games, 5-1 against the spread following a win, and 6-2 against the spread against the AAC. Cincinnati has covered the point spread in their last 4 games against SMU.

This looks like a big number and while I don’t love the game the Bearcats have owned it against SMU so it’s a lean to Cincinnati. 

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Cincinnati Bearcats -6

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