Perfect Bearcats face Lobos: NCAA Pick
Having won a combined 24 of 25 games so far this season the No. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats will be looking to take care of business against the New Mexico Lobos in college basketball betting action on Thursday night.
The Bearcats are undefeated on the year at 12-0 SU, and they've managed to post a 5-3 ATS mark for their supporters so far this season. The 12-1 Lobos are coming off their first loss of the season, a 70-65 defeat against South Dakota State on Saturday.
Cincinnati will face the 12-1 Lobos, who own a 5-6-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bearcats are 3-4 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Lobos are 5-5 favoring the OVER.
Bettors looking to back visiting New Mexico before tip-off in this one found them as 7-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bearcats at No. 19 and the Lobos at No. 60 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 90-77 result in favor of the Bearcats.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Lobos rank No. 158 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.8 per game. That compares with Cincinnati’s No. 2 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cincinnati is college basketball's No. 75-ranked team at 7.3 per game, while the Lobos rate No. 137 with 6.5 per game.
Defensively, New Mexico features the nation's No. 66-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.7 points per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 42 nationally in scoring at home.
New Mexico was a 70-65 loser in their most recent outing at home against South Dakota State. They failed to cover the 15-point spread as favorites. New Mexico suffered a 70-65 loss against South Dakota State on Saturday, getting 21 points from Kendall Williams in a losing effort at The Pit.
Cincinnati was a 68-58 winner in its last match at home against Wright State. They failed to cover the 18-point spread as favorites. The Bearcats grabbed a 68-58 win over the Raiders on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from JaQuon Parker at Fifth Third Arena.
New Mexico Lobos Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Saint Louis are 1-0
After a loss are 6-4
Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-4
After playing Wright State are 3-1
After a win are 10-0
A few Lobos at Bearcats trends to consider:
New Mexico is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
New Mexico is 12-4-1 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
New Mexico at Saint Louis, Monday, December 31
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, Monday, December 31