Tulane Green Wave vs Cincinnati Bearcats - NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day 1/1

Joe Catalano

Sunday, January 1, 2017 6:44 PM UTC

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 6:44 PM UTC

In one of the bigger mistmatches tonight, the Cincinnati Bearcats, who are undefeated at home, square off against the Tulane Green Wave. Cincy is a heavy 24 point betting favorite and it's not a matter of who wins, it's a matter of how much wiil Cincinnati win by as they ease into 2017 with a cupcake on the schedule.

Tulane Green Wave (3-10) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (11-2)


Padding the Record

This game is a matter of don't get injured and come out with the "W" as the Cincinnati Bearcats have nothing to prove while already facing 3 AP Top 25 squads and are coming into this game on a 4 game winning streak.

Cincinnati has a way of adjusting to the opponent as they've played in many high scoring affairs and also many low ones such as their last game, a 56-50 victory over Temple. The Bearcats are allowing just over 62 points per game and this will be difficult for Tulane to overcome. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bearcats 3 leading scorers,Jacob Evans (15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds), Kyle Washington (13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds), and Gary Clark (10.2 points,6.8 rebounds) all shoot over 50% from the field while Evans and Washington both shoot over 40% from beyond the arc.

Jacob Evans

That said, Kyle Washington has been seeing limited playing action and the Bearcats will need to play as a team behind Jacob Evans, who is there most consistent source of production offensively. Evans shot real poorly in his freshman season, but has really brought his "A game" in his sophomore campaign as he's led the Bearcats to a spot in the AP Top 25.

With efforts of 25 points against Marshall and 17 points against Farleigh Dickinson in just 22 minutes, Evans is more than capable of dealing with Tulane. He's also a strong defender and we can expect Evans and most of the Cincinnati starters to take an early seat as this game should be decided early in Cincinnati's favor.

Cameron Reynolds

As for Tulane, this is a weak rebounding squad and a team that doesn't work as a cohesive unit as their 13 assists per game indicates. One player that could cause Cincinnati problems is Cameron Reynolds. Reynolds possesses great size for a guard at 6 foot 7 and he's reached the 20 point plateau in 3 out of his last 5 games. Reynolds has been relaible all season long at 15.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, but lacks consistency as a player. Will he show up against a tough defensive team in Cincinnati is the question?


Free NCAAB Pick: Bearcats -24Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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