Everything was going well for Mick Cronin and the Cincinnati Bearcats when the 2012-13 college basketball betting campaign started.The 'Cats raced out to a perfect 12-0 start that lifted them to No. 8 in the country just before the Christmas break.
Life has been anything but sweet for
The good news is despite a 6-4 record in the Big East, the conference race remains wide open with a month to go with nine teams separated by just two games. The Bearcats will also enjoy their next three games at home inside Fifth Third Arena where they are 10-3 this season.
It all starts Saturday when the Pittsburgh Panthers come to town for a critical Big East battle. And a battle is exactly what is expected as a quick check of SBR betting odds shows the Bearcats to be slight favorites of 1 to 1.5 points at various betting outlets. The scoreboard tally is set at 123.
Pitt Playing With Revenge In Rematch With 'Cats
Saturday marks Pitt's first trip to
Jamie Dixon's troops were 6 point favorites at home in
The second half was an entirely different story.
Neither team could sink a long-range jumper in the first meeting as the Bearcats netted just 3-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc while the Panthers were shut out on a 0-for-10 performance. Pitt isn't a strong 3-point shooting team to begin with, and doesn't rely on the bombs to begin with. But the Panthers will need to at least make a few in this game if they are going to exact some revenge.
Pitt also left 10 points on the free-throw line where
Bearcats After Third Straight Win In Series
The Bearcats are also 0-4 ATS as home favorites against Big East teams, and have failed to cover their last six on this floor, each time giving up points. Pitt comes in 3-2 straight up on the Big East highway, and has covered three of its last four away from home in conference play.
NCAA Basketball pick: Pitt-Cincinnati OVER 123 at The Greek.