Tulsa at Cincinnati
|Date & Time||Thursday January 24, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Fifth Third Arena
Cincinnati Bearcats -13.5 -- Over/Under: 133
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Cincinnati Bearcats meet in an AAC college basketball matchup from Fifth Third Arena on Thursday night.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will look to find some consistency after splitting their last 8 games after a 64-62 loss at UCF in their last outing. DaQuan Jeffries led Tulsa with 15 points along with team-highs of 9 rebounds and 3 blocks while Sterling Taplin had 14 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 threes as the only other Tulsa player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Elijah joiner added 5 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists as well in the defeat. Jeffries leads Tulsa with an average of 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while Taplin leads the Golden Hurricane in assists with 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 70.9 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 70.1% from the foul line this season.
The Cincinnati Bearcats come into this one looking to build on a 4-game winning streak after a 66-55 road win over Wichita State in their last outing. Jarron Cumberland led the Bearcats with 18 points along with 7 rebounds while Justin Jenifer added 17 points and Keith Williams added 14 points with a pair of blocks to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Cincinnati in the win. Tre Scott added 5 points and a team-high 11 rebounds while Nysier Brooks had 8 points and 10 rebounds of his own in the victory. Cumberland leads Cincinnati in scoring with 17.8 points per game while Scott leads the Bearcats on the glass with 6.3 rebounds per game and Jenifer leads the Bearcats in assists with 3.6 helpers per game this season. As a team, Cincinnati is averaging 74.6 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 72.1% from the foul line this season. The Bearcats are also extremely tough on defense, giving up the 7th-fewest points per game in the country, allowing just 60.7 points per game this season.
Tulsa is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I do agree with the fact that Cincinnati should be favored here as the Bearcats are the better team and have been rock solid at home, going 11-1 SU this season. However, the Bearcats have allowed teams to hang around for a good chunk of their conference schedule. Outside of the win over Wichita State, Cincinnati’s last 4 games were decided by 8 points or less, including that shocking loss to East Carolina. Tulsa is fresh off of narrowly losing to UCF in a tough road environment and the Golden Hurricane are the kind of team that’s not flashy offensively, but they also don’t allow anything easy. I’ll take a shot with Tulsa and the points in what I see being another close conference game for Cincinnati.