New Mexico Lobos vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/7/13
Cincinnati Bearcats (7-0) at New Mexico Lobos (6-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm (The Pit)
The Line: New Mexico Lobos -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Cincinnati Bearcats look to remain unblemished when they travel to Albuquerque to face the New Mexico Lobos Saturday.
Cincinnati is 7-0 and comes in off an 86-50 drubbing of South Carolina Upstate Tuesday, in which the Bearcats forced 20 turnovers and held the Spartans to 18 of 47 from the floor and just 3 of 16 from beyond the arc. Senior G Sean Kilpatrick had a game-high 22 points and 7 assists on 6 of 9 shooting and hit 6 of 9 from downtown, and junior G Ge’Lawn Guyn added 15 points on 3 of 4 from the field and connected on 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. The Bearcats raced out to a 10-0 lead to open the game then took a 43-34 lead into the half before busting the game open with a 21-0 run in the second half. Through seven games, Cincinnati is averaging 80 ppg on 46 percent shooting and Kilpatrick leads the team in scoring with 19.7 pg on 53 percent from the floor and 48 percent from distance.
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The Lobos, meanwhile, come in at 6-1 and winners in 3 of their last 4, including a 79-70 victory over in-state rival New Mexico State Wednesday. New Mexico shot 22 of 51 from the field and hit 6 of 12 from beyond the arc, while holding the Aggies to 38 percent from the floor and 21 percent from distance. Senior G Kendall Williams had a game-high 24 points on 5 of 9 shooting and hit 12 of 15 from the line and senior F Cameron Bairstow added 20 points and 8 rebounds. The Lobos had a 10-point lead at the break, which the Aggies trimmed to four at one point before New Mexico stretched the lead back to 10 with a minute and change left, sealing the win with clutch free throw shooting in the final minutes. On the season, the Lobos are averaging 84.3 ppg on 45 percent shooting and Williams leads the team with 20.4 ppg on 50 percent from the field and 48 percent from distance.
The line in this one is currently set at -3.5 for New Mexico and this should be a whale of a game. If there’s any advantage to be had for the Lobos here, it’s the altitude and the effect it’s likely to have on the Bearcat press. The Lobos cover.
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