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Cincinnati Bearcats visit Pittsburgh Panthers in NCAAB hoops battle

Cincinnati BearcatsPittsburgh Panthers
Jan 1, 7:00 PM | Petersen Events Center

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds

10-3TEAM RECORD11-3

The visiting Bearcats hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at Petersen Events Center against the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Pittsburgh battles the Bearcats, currently sitting with a 10-3 mark (2-5 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-5 for the Panthers and 4-3 for the Bearcats.

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Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 71-ranked Panthers and the No. 145-rated Bearcats in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 82-77 win for the Bearcats on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the nation's No. 66-rated offensive output, at 74.9 PPG. The visiting Bearcats defense ranks No. 14 allowing on average 57 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 48.6% so far, more than the Bearcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.7% per game.

Defensively, Cincinnati features the nation's No. 35-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.7 points per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 99 nationally in scoring at home.

Cincinnati won its last outing, a 56-55 result against Oklahoma on December 29. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. Dion Dixon scored 18 points leading the Bearcats to a 56-55 victory over Oklahoma at U.S. Bank Arena on Thursday.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 72-59 loser as they battled Notre Dame on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite. Talib Zanna scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Panthers to a win (they lost 72-59 to Notre Dame at Joyce Center on Tuesday).

Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Notre Dame are 4-4
After playing Oklahoma are 3-0
After a win are 6-4

Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing DePaul are 6-1
After playing Notre Dame are 7-3
After a loss are 9-1

A few Bearcats at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Cincinnati's last 23 games on the road
Cincinnati is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Cincinnati
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati home to Notre Dame, Wednesday, January 4
Pittsburgh at DePaul, Thursday, January 5

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