Mustangs vs. Bearcats Prediction
The Cincinnati Bearcats fell short in their quest to win an American Athletic Conference regular season title, but now have their sights set on the conference tournament title. Can Cincinnati advance with a win today over the SMU Mustangs in the quarterfinals?
Friday, March 15, 2019
FedEx Forum at 7PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bearcats are a 7-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 130 points. As of Friday morning, 68 percent of public bets are coming in on Cincinnati. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
McMurray leads way past Golden Hurricane
Southern Methodist picked up a 74-65 win over Tulsa Thursday to advance to the AAC Tournament quarterfinals. The Mustangs (15-16) established a 47-33 halftime lead en route to the win. Southern Methodist shot 24-of-52 from the floor, 10-of-25 from 3-point range plus 16-of-22 at the free throw line. Jahmal McMurray led the way with 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting including 4-of-9 from 3-point range plus 9-of-11 at the charity stripe. He also contributed five assists and two rebounds. Ethan Chargois tallied 12 points, six boards and two assists. Jarrey Foster added 10 points and six caroms.
Bearcats fall short for AAC title share
Cincinnati lost 85-69 at home Sunday afternoon against Houston to finish the regular season 25-6 overall and 14-4 in the AAC. The Bearcats were outscored 48-34 in the second half after trailing by only two at halftime. Cincinnati shot 19-of-50 from the floor, 6-of-21 from 3-point range plus 25-of-33 at the free throw line. Jarron Cumberland paced the Bearcats with 20 points on 4-of-11 shooting including 3-of-7 from 3-point range plus 9-of-12 at the free throw line. He also pulled down three rebounds. Nysier Brooks added 16 points, six boards and two blocked shots.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Mustangs are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. SMU is 1-7 ATS in its last eight Friday games.
The Bearcats are 5-2 ATS in their last seven Friday games. Cincinnati is 0-8 ATS in its last eight games overall.
Southern Methodist didn't have that great of a season as it struggled defensively, but it also didn't get blown out in a lot of games and only lost by a combined eight points in two games versus the Bearcats. I'm going to bank on the Mustangs to again show their competitive spirit tonight to keep this one interesting and cover the spread.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: SMU MUSTANGS +7