Georgia State vs. Cincinnati Prediction
Can the No. 2 Cincinnati Bearcats lock up No. 15 Georgia State Panthers when the two meet up in the first round of Friday’s 2018 NCAA Men's Tournament action at 2PM ET?
Cincinnati vs. Georgia State Game Snapshot
Friday, March 16, 2018
Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
TV: TBS, 2PM ET
Who Oddsmakers Predict: Cincinnati. According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Bearcats are the clear favorite in this game, as they are getting odds of -13.5 points against the Panthers. The spread opened at 15.5 points but has been falling throughout the week. The over/under total sits at 129.5 points after it opened at 128.5 points.
Public Betting Predictions: The public is split on this game. As of Thursday night, both the Panthers and the Bearcats are getting an even 50 percent of the wagers on this opening round game.
Key Injuries: Neither team has any players listed on the injury report for this game.
Our Prediction: Georgia State comes in hot. Not just due to winning it conference tournament, but the Panthers have covered the spread in four straight games. Covering on the road has been a common theme throughout the season for Georgia State, as it is 14-5 against the spread away from home. Cincinnati has one of the top defenses in the country, but Georgia State isn’t too shabby on defense either. That likely means a low-scoring game, which can make it hard for Cincinnati to pull away. While the Bearcats are on a nice seven-game win streak right now, they have failed to cover in their last three games. Look for this game to be more competitive than Cincinnati would like and for Georgia State to cover the spread.
Cincinnati vs. Georgia State Prediction: GEORGIA STATE +13.5