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Cincinnati vs. Memphis - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis Tigers (9-4) at Cincinnati Bearcats (11-2)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm (BB)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Memphis Tigers and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Sunday in college basketball action at the BB&T Arena.

The Memphis Tigers look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Memphis Tigers are averaging 71.2 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 69.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Jeremiah Martin is averaging 18.2 points and 4.1 assists while Kyvon Davenport is averaging 13.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Jimario Rivers is the third double-digit scorer and Kareem Brewton Jr. is dishing 1.9 assists. The Memphis Tigers are shooting 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Tigers are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Memphis Tigers have lost five straight road games.

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Cincinnati vs. Memphis - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Bearcats look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Cincinnati Bearcats are averaging 80.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 60 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Jacob Evans is averaging 13.6 points and 3.2 assists while Gary Clark is averaging 12.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. Jarron Cumberland is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Washington is grabbing five rebounds. The Cincinnati Bearcats are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Cincinnati Bearcats are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The Cincinnati Bearcats haven’t lost a home game since December of 2015.

The Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up loss. The Bearcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 16-39 ATS in their last 55 Sunday games. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

I'm on a lot of underdogs on Sunday's card, and it's because oddmakers are throwing out any old number it seems like. It's no secret the Cincinnati Bearcats are the better team here, but these teams are both physical and defensive minded. A lot of the past meetings between these teams are low scoring and grind it out style contests. Every shot will be challaneged and there will be scoring droughts. There's no reason to think this game will be any different. Give me the points yet again.

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