Memphis Tigers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/4/14
Cincinnati Bearcats (12-2) at Memphis Tigers (10-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Tigers -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Cincinnati Bearcats tangle with the #18 Memphis Tigers at FedEx Forum in AAC action.
Cincinnati might be one of those teams with a top 25 ranking in their future providing the wins keep rolling in which won't be easy with some strong competition in the AAC. The defensive minded Bearcats can really put the squeeze on opposing attacks and did just that in a 65-57 decision over SMU for win number five in a row. The Mustangs won the shooting battle 45%-36% but gave the ball away 17 times with Cincy securing the win with a 23-8 margin at the line. Justin Jackson tossed in a contest high 17 points with six pulls and five steals with Sean Kilpatrick adding 13 followed by Shaquille Thomas and Jermaine Sanders with ten points each.
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Memphis has been riding their fast paced and high powered offense to a spot in the top 25 at #17 with the goal of going even higher. That offense did plenty of damage in an 88-73 rout at South Florida in which a 16 point lead after 20 minutes effectively won this one. The Tigers 52% shooting and 8-0 edge from long range was too much for the Bulls 42% accuracy with a +15 at the charity stripe unable to cut in to the lead. The Tigers were led in the scoring column by Geron Williams with 19 points and five steals with the duo of Joe Jackson and Michael Dixon Jr adding 18 points apiece followed by a ten point, seven rebound performance from David Pellom.
The key here is can the Bearcats controll the Memphis offense especially on the road where they have played just two road games. If they fall behind early they could get blown out but for now I'll back the points...