MSU vs Cincinnati NCAA Hoops Betting Report

Posted by Henry Watkins on March 4, 2016 in

The team who will have clinched their regular season conference titles on Sunday will have reason to celebrate, but they will also know that their job is only partially done. There is still the business of the Conference Championships and March Madness to attend to, and it’s fair to say that both of those may rank higher on the importance scale. The SMU Mustangs are one of the teams in with a shot of landing at the top of their conference once the final buzzer sounds on Sunday afternoon, but they are going to have to get past a good Cincinnati Bearcats team on the road in order to bask in that glory. This match-up is a great start to all of the action taking place on Sunday, and the good news is that you can catch it on national TV. Be sure to get your NCAAB online wagers on for this one before the opening tip.

MSU Mustangs vs Cincinnati Bearcats NCAA Hoops Betting Report

When: Sunday, March 6 at 12 PM EST
Where: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati
Radio: SiriusXM
Live Stream: CBS Sports



Why bet on the SMU Mustangs

It has been a fantastic season for the SMU Mustangs (25-4, 13-4), but one that will not feel quite so good if they fall at the final hurdle with a chance of landing atop the American Conference. It’s hard to be against this team right now, as they are coming into this game on a 4-game winning streak that has featured some games of the blowout variety. This is a team that knows how to put points on the board, but they can also win with defense when needed. That is exactly what they did earlier in the season when they beat the Bearcats 59-57. I have a feeling that this game is going to be more open, and that swings things in the favor of the Mustangs. SMU are averaging 78.1 PPG, and are giving up just 63.5 PPG.

Why bet on the Cincinnati Bearcats

Make no mistake about it, the Cincinnati Bearcats (21-9, 11-6) are not about to roll over and allow the Mustangs to claim the regular season conference title. They played SMU very tough when they faced them on the road, and you have to like their chances of getting their revenge in their own building. The Bearcats have been very good at home all season long, and they have gone 7-1 at home during conference play. They are going to have to play a whole lot better than they did in their last game versus Houston, though, as a similar type of performance will likely see them swept away by the Mustangs. The Bearcats are averaging 72.8 PPG, and are giving back 61.8 PPG.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The last game between these two was incredibly tight, and I expect more of the same on Saturday. The opportunity to finish first in the American Conference should drive the Mustangs forward, and I think they will win it coming down the stretch.

SMU Mustangs 75 Cincinnati Bearcats 70