Cincinnati vs Tulsa College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21

Cincinnati vs Tulsa College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21 Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-3) at Cincinnati Bearcats (2-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Fifth Third Arena)

The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -3.5 -- Over/Under: 132.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Cincinnati Bearcats meet in college basketball action from Fifth Third Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will look to add to their current four-game winning streak after a 65-64 upset win over Houston last time out. Brandon Rachal led Tulsa with 20 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and an 8 of 8 mark from the foul line with 7 rebounds as the lone double-digit scorer for Tulsa in the win while Elijah Joiner added 6 points with a team-high 4 assists. Darien Jackson added 7 points with 3 steals and Curtis Haywood added 3 triples for his 9 points with 5 rebounds. Rachal leads Tulsa in scoring and rebounding with 14.5 points and 7 rebounds per game while Joiner leads the Golden Hurricane in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 71.5 points on 46.2% shooting from the field, 31.3% form 3-point range and 61.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 60.6 points on 36.7% from the field and 31.3% from 3-point range this season.

The Cincinnati Bearcats will be out to bounce back from a 75-70 loss to UCF last time out. Their 4th straight loss and 5th in their last 6 games. Keith Williams led the Bearcats with 19 points on 6 of 17 shooting with a pair of threes and 10 rebounds for the double-double while Zach Harvey added 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes as the only other double-digit scorer for Cincinnati in the loss. David DeJulius added 9 points with a team-high 5 assists as well in the losing effort for the Bearcats. Williams leads Cincinnati in scoring with 15.1 points per game while DeJulius leads the Bearcats in assists with 4.3 assists per game and Tari Eason leads Cincinnati in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Cincinnati is aveargign 68.4 points on 44% shooting from the field, 25.3% from 3-point range and 66.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.7 points on 44% shooting from the field and 33.1% from 3-point range this season.

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Tulsa is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 18-7 in their last25 games following a win. Cincinnati is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games and 15-36 ATS in their last 51 games overall while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a loss. The home team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

Laying the points with Cincinnati at home makes sense given how much success the home team’s had in this matchup over the years. However, Tulsa has easily been the better team of the two coming into this game and I just think that we’re getting points with the better team in this spot. I’ll take Tulsa and the points In this matchup.

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Chris’s Pick Tulsa +3.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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