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Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
When: Friday, March 15, 7:00 PM. ET.
The Cincinnati Bearcats will be trying to bounce back from their loss to Houston when they take on the SMU Mustangs in the quarterfinals of the AAC tournament on Friday night.
Mustangs Going For Third Consecutive Win
The Mustangs struggled at the end of the season but they have looked good so far in the AAC tournament and have won their last two games. They will try to keep things going and pick up their third win in a row when they face the Bearcats on Friday.
Jahmal McMurray had 27 points as coach Tim Jankovich led @SMUBasketball to a first round victory at the @AirForceReserve #AmericanHoops Championship with a victory over Tulsa. The @American_DN's @Halioughton caught up with the pair to discuss the victory. pic.twitter.com/cbSDLB5CtO
— American MBB (@American_MBB) March 15, 2019
The Bearcats won both regular-season games against the Mustangs, but the Mustangs were in both games and have to like their odds to win this game.
SMU is an average offensive team that is putting up 71.8 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.
Jahmal McMurray leads the way for the Mustangs with 17.8 points and 2.5 assists per game. Ethan Chargois is averaging 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Jimmy Whitt Jr. is averaging 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
The Mustangs have fared better on defense, holding opponents to 70.1 points per game. They gave up 68 points per game in their last two games and will need to keep playing well on defense if they want to get past the Bearcats on Friday.
Bearcats Going For Sixth Win In Eight Games
The Bearcats played well this season and finished second in the AAC standings. However, they closed out the season on a two-game losing streak and will try to get back on track with a win over the Mustangs.
— Cincinnati Men’s Hoops (@GoBearcatsMBB) March 14, 2019
Cincinnati has played well offensively, averaging 71.6 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.
Jarron Cumberland leads the way for the Bearcats with 18.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Keith Williams is averaging 10.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, while Tre Scott is averaging 8.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
The Bearcats are one of the best defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 62 points per game, which is 11th best. They gave up 85 points to Houston in their last game and will need to play better to get past the Mustangs.
- 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.
- 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bearcats have struggled against the spread, losing their last seven games following an ATS loss and their last eight games. The Mustangs have played well against the spread, winning four of their last five games and four of their last five games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: SMU Mustangs
Full-Game Total Pick
The Mustangs have played under the total in seven of their last nine games after a straight up win and in seven of their last nine games after an ATS win. The Bearcats have played under in five of their last six games and in five of their last six games following an ATS loss.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Mustangs will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Bearcats in the first half of their last three games, averaging 33.7 points per game while the Bearcats average 31 points per game.
Prediction: SMU Mustangs
Half-Time Total Bet
The Bearcats and Mustangs are averaging 64.7 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.