Basketball Betting — SMU Has a Hostile Home Floor Waiting For Red-Hot #7 Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Bearcats are among the hottest teams in all of college basketball, and they look very much for real. Of course, in this sport you are always going to be put to the test, and on Saturday an extreme test will be offered to the Bearcats as they visit Dallas to play the SMU Mustangs in basketball betting action that will begin at 7:30 PM Eastern time at the Moody Coliseum

Cincinnati comes into this game having won its last fifteen contests, and the Bearcats are 22-2 overall, which has been good enough to bring them to a #7 national ranking in both of the major polls. SMU is 18-5 on the year and has scored a couple of marquee wins playing on its home floor, where it has been unblemished this season.

In the basketball betting lines that have been posted on this game at WagerWeb, SMU is the team that is laying points:

SMU Mustangs -3.5
Cincinnati Bearcats +3.5

Over 124 points -110
Under 124 points -110

SMU is now reaping the benefits of bringing Larry Brown on board. Brown, a Hall of Famer who has won championships in both college basketball and the NBA (with the Detroit Pistons), has managed to bring some strong recruits and transfers, in the process instilling a defense of culture around this team. SMU has been as good as it gets when it comes to defending their end of the floor; they actually rank second in the nation in defensive field-goal percentage, allowing opponents to shoot only 36.8% from the field. They also do not allow a lot of second chances, ranking among the nations top 20 teams in terms of rebounding margin (+7.3). The result is that they have used the Moody Coliseum like a fortress, winning all twelve times they have taken the floor there, within 8-0 record against the basketball betting odds at home. This has not been a light schedule they have played either; the Mustangs have recorded victories over Connecticut and Memphis, both of whom were in the Top 25 at the time they played.

Both Cincinnati and SMU now compete in the American Athletic Conference, which combines teams from the Big East and Conference USA. It automatically became a strong conference, because it included the likes of Memphis, Cincinnati and defending national champion Louisville. Because the conference has outstanding programs, SMU is probably in a good position to campaign for an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.

WagerWeb customers know they can do themselves a lot of good by beating Cincinnati, which has scored wins over Memphis, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and Louisville this season. The guy they want to look for on the offensive end is Sean Kilpatrick, who averages 19.7 points per game and had 26 points with twelve rebounds on Thursday against UConn. But he did not have his best form on January 1, in a 65-57 Cincy victory over SMU (barely covering as a 7.5-point favorite in the basketball betting odds). In fact, no one on the Bearcats really had a great day from the field, as they shot just 36.5% against the rugged Mustang defense, making only a quartet of three-point shots. But the key was they kept drawing fouls from SMU, and went to the line 31 times. That proved to be the difference in the game, as the Mustangs took only nine free throws.

If you are looking for something in the way of NCAA betting trends out of these two teams when you are making your basketball prediction, consider that they have both strongly skewed toward the “under.” Cincinnati has played 14 of 17 posted games under the total, while SMU has played 10 unders in 15 games that were on the board. And don’t forget to look for all the college hoops lines and totals on the user-friendly interface at WagerWeb!

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