Handicappers Predict Memphis vs. Cincinnati -4

Jeff Grant

Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:37 PM GMT

Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 12:37 PM GMT

The Cincinnati Bearcats will celebrate Senior Night at Fifth Third Arena Thursday, as they prepare to host the Memphis Tigers. The odds are out; which side are we on?

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this American Athletic Conference showdown, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Life on the road

Memphis is 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS over its last 10 games, with all three losses coming on the road over that span.

The Tigers are 21-9 SU and 17-12 ATS in true road affairs since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, with the UNDER going 14-12 in that situation.

Losing streak

Cincinnati has dropped back-to-back games for just the second time this season, as it attempts to bounce back from a 51-45 defeat to the Connecticut Huskies as four-point road underdogs last Saturday.

The Bearcats need to do a better job of taking care of the basketball, as they’ve turned it over 33 combined times during their current losing streak—their most during a two-game span.

College basketball handicappers will find that the program is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games following a SU loss.

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First meeting

The Tigers suffered a 69-53 loss to the Bearcats as five-point favorites in the first meeting on Jan. 4—resulting in their fewest points scored in a game this season.

Memphis is 4-2 ATS when revenging a home defeat the last two-plus seasons, while it has won 15 of 16 when playing in “Senior Day/Night” games—either its own or its opponents’ celebration.

Quite a class

The Bearcats have put together a 98-37 record over the last four years, with senior guard Sean Kilpatrick being the main reason for that success.

Kilpatrick is one of nine active players in the country with over 2,000 career points, while he’s averaged 24.2 points and shot 84.3 percent from the free throw line in his last nine contests.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bearcats as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve gone 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games.

Sports bettors should feel comfortable backing Cincinnati up to 5.5 points on the SBR Odds page.

College Basketball Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats -4

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