SMU Mustangs vs. Cincinnati Bearcats: College Basketball Betting Odds and Predictions

SMU Mustangs vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
Wednesday, 1/1/14, 6:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Cincinnati -6
Current Betting Line:  Cincinnati -6.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Cincinnati Bearcats are 20-3 SU in conference openers since 1990
The Cincinnati Bearcats are 20-3 SU in conference openers since 1990

SMU opens 2014 with its first American Athletic Conference matchup, while it has posted a 4-2 SU record away from home, including a 2-1 mark in true road games.  The Mustangs are holding opponents to 35.7 percent shooting from the field this season, which ranks 2nd in major college basketball and can’t be ignored in making your college basketball predictions.  Offensively, the team is shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from beyond the arc.  SMU is 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Mustangs were picked to finish sixth in this conference in the first preseason coaches’ poll, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.  SMU has six players averaging at least six points per game, with the bench scoring 32.5 points a contest.  The program has out-rebounded 11 of 12 opponents this season—averaging 39.4 rebounds per game compared to its opponents 29.8 per game.  Such an advantage has led to the squad outscoring each of its opponents in the paint.

Cincinnati has won four games in a row, including a 74-59 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers as 12-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 127.5.  The Bearcats are 20-3 SU in conference openers since 1990, while also picking up a victory in its first game in joining a new conference in its last five opportunities.  Defensively, the team hasn’t surrendered more than 67 points in a game all season and has held foes under 70 points in 20 consecutive affairs.  Cincinnati is 8-1 SU and 3-6 ATS as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Bearcats have two probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Sean Kilpatrick scoring 19.1 points a contest in playing 29.8 minutes a game.  Cincinnati looks to improve to 11-0 at home today for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign, while it attempts to match the longest winning streak at this venue during the Mick Cronin era at 13 games.

Sports bettors will likely back the Mustangs due to their 5-1 ATS mark in their last six road games versus a team with a winning home record.

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