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Cincinnati vs. Southern Methodist - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Methodist Mustangs (12-4) at Cincinnati Bearcats (13-2)
Date & Time Sunday January 7, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -8 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Southern Methodist Mustangs (12-4) at Cincinnati Bearcats (13-2)

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

The SMU Mustangs look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The SMU Mustangs are averaging 75.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 59.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Shake Milton is averaging 17.2 points and 4.6 assists while Jarrey Foster is averaging 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds. Ethan Chargois is the third double-digit scorer and Jimmy Whitt is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The SMU Mustangs are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The SMU Mustangs have won six of their last eight road games.

The Cincinnati Bearcats look for their 14th victory of the season while staying unbeaten at home. The Cincinnati Bearcats are averaging 79.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 58.7 points on 36.7 percent shooting. Jacob Evans is averaging 13.5 points and 3.4 assists while Gary Clark is averaging 12.3 points and 8.4 rebounds. Kyle Washington is the third double-digit scorer and Jarron Cumberland is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Cincinnati Bearcats are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 67.6 percent from the free throw line. The Cincinnati Bearcats are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The Cincinnati Bearcats haven’t lost a home game since December of 2015.

The Mustangs are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 24-9-2 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The Bearcats are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 17-39 ATS in their last 56 Sunday games. The under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The SMU Mustangs are a talented basketball team that's tough defensively and is capable of beating anybody any given the night. The problem with SMU is consistency, as there's some bad losses on this teams resume and its lost both times its taken to the road. You know what you're getting with the Cincinnati Bearcats every time they take the floor, and they've been a covering machine at home. Give me the Bearcats by double digits.

Cincinnati Bearcats -8

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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