Cincinnati Bearcats vs SMU Mustangs Prediction, 3/12/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cincinnati Bearcats vs SMU Mustangs
Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Location: Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Cincinnati (+6)
The Cincinnati Bearcats (10-10) are headed to Dickies Arena on Friday where they'll take on the SMU Mustangs (11-4). The odds on this matchup have SMU as 6-point favorites. The O/U opens at 143.
Cincinnati enters this contest with a win-loss record of 10-10 on the year. They have an average of 69.9 points per game (217th in college hoops) while hitting 43.1% from the field. The Bearcats are connecting on 31.1% on shots from beyond the arc (142 of 456) and 65.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Cincinnati is collecting 35.9 rebounds per game and has 300 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 179th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They cough up possession 14.5 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.6 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Bearcats have forced 13.3 turnovers every game and they draw 17.5 fouls. They give up 32.3% on shots from downtown and they are 222nd in Division 1 in PPG allowed (71.9). The Bearcats defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 43.6% (486 of 1,115) and they surrender 34.3 boards per contest as a squad. They rank 126th in college basketball in allowing assists with 269 relinquished this year.
The Cincinnati Bearcats faced the East Carolina Pirates and went home with a win by a final score of 82-69 in their last contest. Cincinnati wrapped up the contest having earned a 47.5% field goal percentage (29 of 61) and buried 12 of their 30 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Bearcats made 12 of their 17 tries for a rate of 70.6%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they earned 35 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 19 dimes for this game as well as forcing 9 turnovers and having 7 steals. In terms of defense, Cincinnati allowed the other team to shoot 34.5% from the floor on 19 of 55 shooting. East Carolina earned 18 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. In addition, East Carolina collected 29 rebounds (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 5 rejections. East Carolina ended up shooting 81.8% at the charity stripe by converting 27 of their 33 tries. They also converted 4 of their 19 attempts from three-point range.
Jeremiah Davenport is one player who played a role for this contest. He ended up with 19 points on 7 out of 15 shooting. He played 36 minutes and also pulled down 6 boards. Davenport finished 46.7% from the floor and earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in this game for the Bearcats was Keith Williams. He grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 min played on the night. He shot 45.5% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 5-of-11 (16 points). Overall, Williams had accumulated 5 assists.
SMU has a win-loss mark of 11-4 for the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Mustangs are connecting on 45.7% from the field, which is 102nd in college basketball. SMU has tallied 1,114 points for the year (74.3 per contest) and they average 37.3 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 15.3 times per contest (56th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.9 times per game. The Mustangs have committed 17.1 fouls per contest while shooting 73.8% from the charity stripe. The Mustangs on defense are ranked 73rd in D-1 in PPG allowed with 66.6. The SMU defense surrenders 33.5% on 3-point shots (112 of 334) and their opposition knocks down 69.0% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 13.1 assists and 34.9 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 200th and 172nd in the country. They are forcing 14.0 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.5% from the floor (15th in Division 1).
When they last played, the SMU Mustangs got the victory with a final of 71-56 against the East Carolina Pirates. The Mustangs corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 33 in the game. They turned it over 16 times, while getting 6 steals for the contest. The Pirates committed 20 personal fouls in this contest which took the Mustangs to the charity stripe for a total of 20 attempts. They were able to make 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 95.0%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, SMU knocked down 4 of 22 tries (18.2%). Overall, the Mustangs walked away from this one shooting 24 for 56 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.9%. The Mustangs allowed the Pirates to make 16 of 53 attempts from the floor which had them at 30.2% for the game. They finished 14.3% from 3-point land by shooting 2 of 14 and ended up shooting 22 of 31 at the free throw line (71.0%). In relation to how they rebounded, SMU allowed East Carolina to collect 33 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
Kendric Davis ended up having an impact for the Mustangs in this matchup. He knocked down 9 of 17 in this contest giving him a rate of 52.9%, and accounted for 2 rebounds. Davis totaled 25 points in his 37 mins on the court and tallied 8 dimes in the game. Another guy who was a determining factor for SMU was Feron Hunt. He ended up finishing with no assists in his 32 minutes played, and he shot 3 out of 6 from the floor. Hunt wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the floor as well as totaling 9 points and 9 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take SMU (-6) and over 143 points
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