SMU Mustangs vs Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction, 1/6/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: SMU Mustangs vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022
Location: Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, OH
The SMU Mustangs (11-3) are traveling to Fifth Third Arena on Thursday where they will attempt to beat the Cincinnati Bearcats (10-4).
The SMU Mustangs stepped onto the hardwood against UCF and took home the win by a score of 72-60 in their last contest. When talking about personal fouls, the Mustangs ended up finishing with 15 while UCF had 19 personal fouls. They knocked down 7 of their 19 shots from downtown. UCF went 63.6% when shooting free throws by converting 7 of their 11 tries. Furthermore, UCF collected 33 boards (9 offensive, 24 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. UCF distributed 5 assists and had 4 steals in this matchup. In relation to defense, SMU allowed 37.1% from the field on 23 out of 62 shooting. They also doled out 15 assists in this game while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 7 steals. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they collected 36 with 8 of them being offensive. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Mustangs converted 17 of 22 shots for a rate of 77.3%. SMU walked away from the contest with a 42.9% FG percentage (24 out of 56) and knocked down 7 of 28 3-point attempts.
Kendric Davis is a player who was a contributor for the matchup. He ended up going 28.6% from the field and dished out 8 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 33 mins and snagged 8 rebounds. He ended up with 20 points on 4 of 14 shooting.
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SMU will enter this matchup with a mark of 11-3 on the campaign. They are turning it over 12.4 times per game and as a group they commit 15.1 personal fouls per game. As a team, SMU is grabbing 39.2 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 202 dimes this season, which has them ranked 82nd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Mustangs are connecting on 37.1% from downtown (128 of 345) and 74.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 78.3 pts per contest (54th in Division 1) while going 46.4% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Mustangs are forcing 12.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.9 personal fouls. They are ranked 238th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 173 conceded so far this season. The Mustangs defensively are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 39.4% (356 of 904) and they surrender 35.6 boards per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 30.2% on 3-point attempts and they are 180th in the country in PPG allowed (68.0).
The last time they took the court, the Cincinnati Bearcats went home defeated by a final of 68-60 against Tulane. The Bearcats were able to snag 30 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 40 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while earning 4 steals in this game. Tulane was called for 19 fouls for the contest which took the Bearcats to the charity stripe for 26 attempts. They were able to convert 13 of those for a clip of 50.0%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, Cincinnati converted 5 out of 25 attempts (20.0%). Overall, the Bearcats shot 21 out of 60 from the floor which had them at 35.0%. The Bearcats allowed Tulane to make 21 of 54 tries from the floor which had them shooting 38.9% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 47.6% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 10 out of 21 and finished the game at 16 of 23 from the charity stripe (69.6%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Cincinnati permitted Tulane to pull down 32 in total (5 offensive).
Jeremiah Davenport was important for the Bearcats in this game. He accumulated 19 points in his 32 minutes on the court and accounted for 3 dimes for this game. He made 6 of 13 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and had 10 rebounds.
Cincinnati has a win-loss mark of 10-4 on the campaign. The Bearcats commit 17.4 fouls every game and they connect on 65.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.1 times per game (137th in college basketball) and they turn it over 10.1 times per game. Cincinnati has 982 pts so far this year (70.1 per contest) and they collect 39.2 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Bearcats are shooting 41.8% from the floor, which ranks 290th in the country.
The Bearcats defensively are ranked 29th in college basketball in PPG given up with 60.6. They have forced 13.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 37.4% from the field (14th in Division 1). The Cincinnati defense allows 29.0% on three-point shots (74 of 255) and their opponents are knocking down 71.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 11.8 dimes and 34.9 rebounds per game, ranking them 132nd and 186th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cincinnati
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