Two of the better defensive teams in the country will meet up at Fifth Third Arena Friday night, with the Cincinnati Bearcats hosting the Georgetown Hoyas.
Let’s take a closer look at the betting line for this Big
East Conference matchup that tips off at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Georgetown has won and covered the spread in six
consecutive games, including a 63-55 victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles
as five-point home favorites Monday night, while going UNDER the total for the
first time in four opportunities.
The Hoyas have compiled a 9-2 against-the-spread (ATS)
record versus Big East opponents.
Failing to cover at home
Cincinnati is 2-9 ATS at this venue during the 2012-13
NCAA basketball season, but did manage to come away with a convincing 68-50
triumph over the Villanova Wildcats as 7.5-point home favorites Tuesday night,
while going UNDER the total for a sixth consecutive time.
It’s important to note that the Bearcats are 4-1 SUATS as
home favorites of three points or less the last two-plus seasons, with the
UNDER cashing in each of those affairs.
College basketball oddsmakers definitely caught my
attention in sending out a betting total of 117 in this affair—even with both
sides holding foes to 38 percent or less shooting from the field for the entire
I believe this is basement level pricing in the market,
considering the Bearcats haven’t played a game with the total being 119.5 or
less since at least the 1997-98 campaign.
From a betting trends perspective, the UNDER has gone 5-2
in the last seven meetings in this series.
Early wagering has clearly landed on the road underdog
due to the movement that we are seeing on the NCAA Basketball odds boards, but I’d be very careful in getting involved at this
level, especially since the Bearcats are 4-0 SUATS in the last four meetings in
this series. Cincinnati has also won 10
of its last 16 games versus ranked opponents.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one
of their college basketball picks Friday night, as some of Cincinnati’s key
offensive players have enjoyed some success in this series, especially leading
scorer Sean Kilpatrick. It’s also hard
to ignore that Georgetown shoots 48.3 percent from the field when playing away
College Basketball Pick: Over 117 at Bookmaker