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Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
When: Saturday, March 16, 5:00 PM. ET.
The Cincinnati Bearcats will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the Wichita State Shockers in the semifinals of the AAC tournament on Saturday evening.
Shockers Looking For A Little March Magic
The Shockers didn’t play well enough to make the NCAA tournament this season, but they have made it to the semifinals of the AAC tournament and are hoping their strong play late in the season can help them get back in the Big Dance.
Markis McDuffie had a career-high 34 points plus 12 rebounds and Dexter Dennis had 19 points and 11 rebounds as No. 6 @GoShockersMBB defeated No. 4 Temple 80-74 in the quarterfinals of the @AirForceReserve #AmericanHoops Championship Friday night. pic.twitter.com/tqR87QvXC4
— American MBB (@American_MBB) March 16, 2019
Wichita State is average an average offensive team, scoring 70.6 points per game. The team is shooting 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from three-point range.
Markis McDuffie leads the way for the Shockers with 17.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Samajae Haynes-Jones is averaging 12.2 points and 2.7 assists per game, while Jaime Echenique is averaging 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
The Shockers have done well defensively, holding opponents to 69.5 points per game. They gave up 74 points in their game against Temple and will need to play much better if they want to upset the Bearcats on Saturday.
Bearcats Going For Fifth Win In Seven Games
The Bearcats snapped their two-game losing streak with a win over SMU in their last game and advanced to the semifinals of the AAC tournament. They will be trying to pick up their second win in a row and fifth win in their last seven games when they face the Shockers on Saturday.
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— Cincinnati Men’s Hoops (@GoBearcatsMBB) March 16, 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 held SMU to 74 points in their last game and will need to play better to get past Wichita State on Saturday.
- 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Wichita State is:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Bearcats have struggled against the spread, losing eight of their last nine games and their last six games against teams with winning records. The Shockers have played well against the spread, winning four of their last five games and eight of their last 10 games following a straight up win.
Prediction: Wichita State Shockers
Full-Game Total Pick
The Shockers have played over the total in three of their last four games against teams with winning records and in four of their last six games following an ATS win. The Bearcats have played over the total in four of their last five games following an ATS win.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Shockers will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Bearcats in the first half of their last three games, averaging 37.3 points per game while the Bearcats average 31 points per game.
Prediction: Wichita State Shockers
Half-Time Total Bet
The Bearcats and Shockers are averaging 68.3 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.