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Can Cincinnati Finally Look Good In March?

The Cincinnati Bearcats have had a tendency to exit the NCAAB tournament with not a bang, but a whimper. Cincy has lost its first game in March Madness in three of the past four seasons and in the one season the Bearcats did pick up a win, they subsequently lost in the following game. The Bearcats will look to finally get a solid showing in the tourney when they take on Kansas State.

SHARK BITES
  • Cincinnati is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games after a loss.
  • Cincinnati is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games against teams with winning records.
  • Kansas State is 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games against teams with winning records.

Like every Mick Cronin-led team before them, this Cincy squad is an athletic and defensive-focused group. The Bearcats are holding opponents to 60.8 ppg and a mere 38.5 shooting percentage. However, this Cincy team has more depth on the offensive end than we have usually seen, as four players are averaging double-digit points.

Kamau Stokes’ 19 second-half points buoyed a balanced offensive attack as Kansas State beat Wake Forest in their play-in game. The Wildcats played their best offensive game in two months by tallying 95 points while shooting 66 percent from the field. Kansas State has typically relied more on defense, as its aggressive scheme is adept at forcing turnovers.

Kansas State Wildcats vs Cincinnati Bearcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cincinnati Bearcats are 29-5 so far on the season, and 17-14-1 ATS vs the number. The Kansas State Wildcats, meanwhile, are 21-13 and 17-11-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cincinnati go 15-16-1 and the Kansas State Wildcats go 14-16 on betting totals.

This game puts the Cincinnati Bearcats, most recently No. 5 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Kansas State Wildcats, who rate No. 241 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Cincinnati's No. 80-rated squad against Kansas State's No. 241-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Cincinnati rates No. 131 in the country with 7.41 per game, while their foes tonight, the Kansas State Wildcats rank No. 166 nationally with 7.06 per match.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wildcats got 24 points from Wesley Iwundu as Kansas State ran past Wake Forest 95-88 on Tuesday at UD Arena.

Cincinnati got 14 points from Jarron Cumberland but lost anyway, 71-56, to Southern Methodist on Sunday at XL Center.

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