Cincinnati Bearcats Vs SMU Mustangs NCAA Basketball Pick

Posted by Henry Watkins on January 4, 2016 in

2016 is here, which means it’s now time to get down to the nitty gritty of conference play in NCAA basketball. There is a great game on tap on Thursday, January 7, when the Cincinnati Bearcats head into the Moody Coliseum in Dallas to face the SMU Mustangs. Tip-off for this one is set for 7 PM EST on ESPN. For a better look at all of the NCAAB game odds for your picking click click here.

Cincinnati Bearcats Vs SMU Mustangs NCAA Basketball Pick

This has all the makings of a great game, as both of these American Conference teams are currently ranked in the top 25. SMU will likely have the betting edge due to the fact that they are home, but they will most certainly not be looking beyond the Bearcats. The full odds for this one will be available closer to game time, so be sure to check back to the NCAA basketball page here at for updates.

Why bet on the Cincinnati Bearcats

The Bearcats (11-4) are in the process of trying to rebound after taking a pair of back to back losses against Iowa State and Temple. Cincinnati has now lost both games that they have played against ranked opposition this season, but they did have a nice bounce back win with a 76-57 victory over Tulsa. That win took Cincinnati to 1-1 in conference play, and they will want to get a win here so that they can keep pace with the Mustangs atop the conference. Cincinnati is just 4-7-0 ATS this season, and are also 4-7-0 O/U. They are averaging 77.5 PPG, and are giving up 61.9 PPG.

SMU improved to a perfect 13-0 after beating South Florida last Saturday.

Why bet on the SMU Mustangs

The Mustangs are a very impressive 13-0 this season, which includes going 8 straight games unbeaten on home court. They have really only had one scare so far this season, which came in their third game of the season versus Yale. The Mustangs are winning by an average of 20 points per game this season, which give a pretty good indication of how dominant they have been though the first 13 games of the year. A look ahead at their schedule shows only 2 games versus ranked opponents the rest of the way, so they have a solid shot at winning this division. The Mustangs are 4-5-0 ATS and 6-3-0 O/U this season.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

There is really very little to separate these two teams, which means you really need to look for a specific edge. The Mustangs home record and the fact that Cincinnati has lost both games versus ranked opponents certainly shifts things in the favor of SMU in this one.

My Predicted Score: Cincinnati Bearcats 68 SMU Mustangs 73