College Basketball Odds – SMU Mustangs at Cincinnati Bearcats Game Preview
Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC
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The last day of college basketball’s regular season kicks off at high noon on Sunday, and there isn’t a team which is going to need a big win as the Cincinnati Bearcats. The best news for Mick Cronin’s team? There probably isn’t a team which has a better opportunity to get that big win either. The SMU Mustangs are playing their last game of the season, and their motivation will certainly come into question without a postseason tournament to play in.
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HOW THE SMU MUSTANGS CAN COVER THE SPREAD
SMU really doesn’t match up well in this game against the Bearcats. The Mustangs don’t like to be slowed down or have their possessions limited, but they’re going to end up having to play by that standard in this game.
The Mustangs can say what they want about playing for pride and all of that, but playing this last game on the road is going to be tough, and it’ll take some senior leadership to give them a shot in this one.
That means getting really good games out of Markus Kennedy and Nic Moore. Moore has seemed to trail off of late, scoring just 12 points against Memphis and five against Tulane, and we wonder if he’s checked out. He’s averaging 16.1 points per game, and he’s the man who is often the sparkplug for this offense.
HOW THE CINCINNATI BEARCATS CAN COVER THE SPREAD
It’s pretty clear that Cincinnati just has to keep SMU from going nuts from three-point land to have a really good shot in this one. The Mustangs are awesome shooters from long range, knocking down 42.7 percent from deep this year, but they only went 5-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first clash of the season between these two.
The Bearcats actually have the best defense in the land when it comes to defending against two-point shots. You wouldn’t know that based on the fact that SMU went 17-of-28 on two-point attempts in the first clash, but the simple fact remains that this is the key to covering this game.
With Shaq Thomas and Farad Cobb questionable with injuries, Gary Clark, Jacob Evans and Troy Caupain will have to use their size and length to frustrate the SMU sharpshooters. If the defense feeds everything down to Octavius Ellis, we have confidence that the big man will be able to clean things up.
ANALYSIS AND ODDS PREDICTION
It amazes us how many games Cincinnati wins without getting into the 70s on offense in this day and age of the three-point shot ruling the roost. The Bearcats didn’t win the first duel of the year, but they did give SMU as good of a game as it got on its home floor in a 59-57 defeat.
The Mustangs probably aren’t going to have as much success from inside the arc as they did in that first game, and if they don’t end up shooting the lights out of the gym at Fifth Third Arena from deep in this one, we think they’re going to struggle and finish up their campaign with their fifth loss.
The win should, for all intents and purposes, remove any doubt of Cincinnati being in the field of 68 no matter what happens in the AAC Tournament next week in Orlando.
Cincinnati 62, SMU 59