Shockers vs. Bearcats Prediction
The Wichita State Shockers will face the 24th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats this evening in the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals. Is the underdog angle on Wichita State the play for bettors to make today?
Saturday, March 16, 2019
FedEx Forum at 5:30PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bearcats are a 5.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is 129.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 62 percent of public bets are coming in on Wichita State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
McDuffie leads Shockers past Owls
Wichita State secured an 80-74 win over Temple Friday to advance to the AAC Tournament semifinals. The Shockers (19-13) outscored the Owls 45-37 in the second half after trailing by two at halftime. Wichita State shot 25-of-64 from the floor, 8-of-24 from 3-point distance plus 22-of-24 from the free throw line. Markis McDuffie led the Shockers with a career-high 34 points on 9-of-19 shooting including 4-of-9 from 3-point range plus 12-of-13 at the charity stripe. He also tallied 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Dexter Dennis added 19 points, 12 boards, two dimes, two steals and two blocks.
Bearcats get past Mustangs
Cincinnati picked up an 82-74 win over Southern Methodist Friday to earn a trip to the AAC Tournament semifinals. The Bearcats (26-6) outscored the Mustangs 42-36 in the second half to close out the victory. Cincinnati shot 31-of-61 from the field, 9-of-19 from 3-point distance plus 11-of-18 at the free throw line. Jarron Cumberland led the way with 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting including 3-of-8 from 3-point range plus 3-of-4 at the free throw line. He also notched eight assists and four rebounds. Justin Jenifer tallied 17 points and four assists. Tre Scott added 17 points, 12 boards and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Shockers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Wichita State is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 Saturday games.
The Bearcats are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games overall. Cincinnati is 1-6 ATS in its last seven Saturday games.
The Bearcats won both meetings with the Shockers during the regular season by double digits and did what it had to do against SMU to advance. Cumberland is capable of carrying this offense in any game and once Cincinnati gets a lead, it can often lean on its strong defense the rest of the way. Wichita State has played well over the last month, but has benefited from some subpar opponents. Look for the Bearcats to roll today.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: CINCINNATI BEARCATS -5.5