College Basketball Picks: Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
Tuesday, 12/17/13, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Pittsburgh -5.5
Current Betting Line:  Pittsburgh -6
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Cincinnati Bearcats are one of the best defensive teams in the country
The Cincinnati Bearcats are one of the best defensive teams in the country

Cincinnati has dropped back-to-back games, including a 64-47 setback to the Xavier Musketeers as five-point favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total in each of those affairs.  The Bearcats have four players that hail from the New York metro area, including senior guard Sean Kilpatrick, who leads the American Athletic Conference in averaging 19.3 points per game.  The team ranks first in that particular conference in allowing opponents to score just 58.0 points per game, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Cincinnati is 9-5 SUATS on a neutral floor the last two-plus seasons.

The Bearcats and Panthers have split 18 previous meetings, with the visitor winning both contests a season ago.  Cincinnati is 11-12 SU all-time in games played at the present Madison Square Garden, which includes a 6-7 mark when participating in the Big East tournament.  Since the start of the 2010-11 campaign, the team is a dominating 48-2 when scoring at least 70 points.

Pittsburgh has won the first 10 games of its inaugural year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including a 91-73 victory over Youngstown State as 18.5-point home favorites last time out.  The Panthers have won their games by an average of 21.0 points, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks Tuesday night.  Offensively, the team is averaging 82.6 points per game, with the roster knocking down 49.5 percent of its field goals.  Pittsburgh is 7-4 SU and 5-6 ATS on a neutral floor since the 2011-12 campaign.

The Panthers are out-rebounding opponents by a sizable plus-12.2 margin, as they look to improve upon their 30-16 record at this venue since 2001.  Pittsburgh will be making its second visit to the Big Apple, as it won a pair of games against Stanford and Texas Tech in the Progressive Legends Classic.  Three probable starters are averaging double figures, with senior forward Lamar Patterson leading the way at 16.4 points a contest.

Sports bettors will likely back the Bearcats due to the underdog covering the number in four of the last five meetings in this series.

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