Memphis Tigers vs Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction, 2/28/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Tigers vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021
Location: Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-4)
The Memphis Tigers (13-6) go to Fifth Third Arena on Sunday where they'll take on the Cincinnati Bearcats (9-8). Cincinnati opens this matchup as 4-point underdogs. The total opens at 136.5.
Memphis heads into this contest with a mark of 13-6 this year. The Tigers are shooting 35.4% on shots from distance (140 of 395) and 61.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 72.1 pts per game (162nd in Division 1) while shooting 44.1% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 16.5 times per contest and as a team are committing 19.3 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Memphis is snagging 40.1 boards per game and is sitting with 305 assists for the year, which has them ranked 100th in Division 1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Tigers are forcing 16.7 turnovers per game while drawing 17.3 personal fouls. They concede 26.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 16th in the nation in PPG allowed (62.0). The Tigers are giving up a field goal percentage of 38.4% (409 of 1,064) and they concede 32.9 rebounds per contest as a unit. They currently rank 78th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 212 surrendered on the year.
The Memphis Tigers played the Tulane Green Wave and walked away with a win by a score of 61-46 in their last game. Memphis walked away from the game with a 38.9% field goal percentage (21 of 54) and converted 5 of 17 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Tigers made 14 of 25 shots for a percentage of 56.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 46 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 15 assists for this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 15 turnovers and earning 8 steals. When talking about the defense, Memphis allowed the other team to go 25.9% from the floor on 15 out of 58 shooting. Tulane doled out 3 dimes and had 14 steals in this game. Additionally, Tulane had 25 boards (3 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Tulane ended up shooting 60.9% at the free throw line by converting 14 of 23 attempts. They converted 2 out of their 0 attempts from beyond the arc.
Boogie Ellis is someone who played a role for this game. He ended up finishing with 13 points on 3 out of 9 shooting. He played 28 mins and also collected 5 rebounds. Ellis finished the game at 33.3% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. Someone else that was a factor in the game for the Tigers was Deandre Williams. He had 11 rebounds in his 26 min on the basketball court. He went 25.0% from the floor in the matchup by going 3-of-12 (6 points). When all was said and done, Williams totaled 5 assists.
Cincinnati has a record of 9-8 on the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bearcats are hitting on 42.7% from the field, which is 250th in the nation. Cincinnati has accounted for 1,177 pts on the year (69.2 per game) and they average 36.5 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 15.1 times per contest (71st in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.6 times per game. The Bearcats are responsible for committing 19.5 fouls every game while shooting 65.7% from the charity stripe. The Bearcats on defense are ranked 211th in college hoops in points given up per game with 71.2. The Cincinnati defense allows 33.0% on shots from distance (104 of 315) and their opposition makes 75.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 12.9 assists and 33.8 boards per game, which is ranked 172nd and 119th in the country. They are able to force 13.2 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.8% from the floor (200th in the country).
The last time they took the court, the Cincinnati Bearcats went home victorious with a score of 70-69 against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The Bearcats pulled down 24 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 for this contest. They also coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 9 steals for this game. The Golden Hurricane had 17 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Bearcats to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to bury 8 of the free throw tries for a clip of 47.1%. Concerning shooting from distance, Cincinnati buried 10 out of 26 attempts (38.5%). Overall, the Bearcats ended up shooting 26 out of 64 from the floor which had them shooting 40.6%. The Bearcats allowed the Golden Hurricane to make 21 of their 49 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.9% in this game. They went 42.1% from 3-point land by going 8 of 19 and ended up shooting 19 of 24 at the free throw line (79.2%). In the matter of team rebounding, Cincinnati permitted Tulsa to pull down 30 in all (3 on the offensive glass).
Jeremiah Davenport pitched in for the Bearcats in this contest. He converted 10 of 16 in the game for a rate of 62.5%, and earned 5 rebounds. Davenport racked up 27 points in his 38 minutes of playing time and earned 5 dimes in the game. One more player who came through for Cincinnati was Mika Adams-Woods. He ended up finishing with 7 assists in his 33 minutes played, and he put in 4 of 8 from the floor. Adams-Woods walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor in addition to collecting 16 points and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Memphis (-4)
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