Bearcats vs. Knights Prediction
The 20th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats will clash with the 25th-ranked Central Florida Knights tonight. Is this battle between two of the top three teams in the American Athletic Conference going to be won by host Central Florida?
Thursday, March 7, 2019
CFE Arena at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Knights are a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 127.5 points. As of Thursday afternoon, 66 percent of public bets are being placed on host Central Florida. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Bearcats move into first-place tie
Cincinnati moved into a share of the AAC lead Saturday night at home with a 71-69 victory over Memphis to improve to 25-4 overall and 14-2 in conference action. The Bearcats led 37-32 at halftime and held on from there. Cincinnati shot 22-of-57 from the field, 4-of-17 from 3-point range plus 23-of-36 at the free throw line. Jarron Cumberland paced the Bearcats with 26 points on 6-of-12 shooting including 1-of-5 from 3-point range plus 13-of-16 at the charity stripe. He also notched six rebounds and three assists. Nysier Brooks tallied 13 points and 12 boards. Keith Williams added 10 points, three caroms, three dimes and three steals.
Knights upset Cougars
Central Florida earned a 69-64 victory at eighth-ranked Houston Saturday to move to 22-6 overall and 12-4 in the AAC. The Knights outscored the hosts 41-31 in the second half to earn the win. Central Florida shot 23-of-49 from the floor, 5-of-16 from 3-point range plus 18-of-24 at the free throw line. Collin Smith led the Knights with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting including 1-of-2 from 3-point distance plus 4-of-5 at the free throw line. He also contributed seven rebounds and three assists. Tacko Fall registered 13 points and 10 boards. B.J. Taylor had 11 points and three assists. Aubrey Dawkins added 11 points in 37 minutes of action.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Bearcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. Cincinnati is 0-6 ATS in its last six games overall.
The Knights are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall. Central Florida is 5-2 ATS in its last seven Thursday games.
Houston might have the better record, but these two squads are very comparable and the Knights are coming off their best win of the season. At home, I like Central Florida here as it has only lost twice this season at CFE Arena with one of those losses coming against Houston before avenging it.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS -2.5