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Cincinnati Has Been Ridiculously Good At Home

Fifth Third Arena has been nothing but kind to the Cincinnati Bearcats, as they have won their past 15 true home games, including all seven this season. Cincinnati has an average scoring margin of plus-29.7 at home this season and has won by at least 15 on all seven occasions. On Thursday, the Bearcats will play host to the Marshall Thundering Herd, who have struggled on the road.

SHARK BITES
  • Marshall is 1-16 SU in its last 17 games as road underdogs.
  • Cincinnati is 30-0 SU in its last 30 games as a favorite of 19.5 or more.
  • The visiting team is 3-0 ATS in the last three games between Cincinnati and Marshall.

Cincinnati has always been known for its defensive play, and that has not changed this season, but the Bearcats are looking better offensively than in any year in recent memory. As a team, Cincinnati is averaging 80.1 points per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the floor. Both Jacob Evans and Kyle Washington are averaging over 15 points per game while shooting 54 and 58 percent respectively.

Marshall has been the epitome of run-and-gun this season, averaging 86.2 points per game while allowing 83.9. Guard Jon Elmore has been an offensive juggernaut for the Thundering Herd, as the junior has averaged 21.2 points and 6.9 assists per game. The Herd should also get some reinforcements with Ryan Taylor likely to return to the lineup after missing the past two games with a calf injury.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Marshall Thundering Herd were listed as 18-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.

Marshall Thundering Herd vs Cincinnati Bearcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Marshall Thundering Herd will look to cover the spread vs the Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday, as the Thundering Herd are 5-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bearcats are 6-3 ATS. Marshall is 6-2 against the total, while Cincinnati is 4-5 versus the total betting line.

The Cincinnati Bearcats sit at No. 25 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Marshall Thundering Herd sit at No. 166 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Marshall Thundering Herd rank No. 187 in NCAA Basketball Division 1 with 35.82 per game. That compares with Cincinnati’s No. 83 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Cincinnati is college basketball's No. 203-ranked team at 6.36 per game, while the Marshall Thundering Herd rate No. 22 with 9.73 per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Marshall got 21 points from Stevie Browning en route to a 81-65 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan on Monday at Cam Henderson Center.

The battle between the Bearcats and Knights didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Fairleigh Dickinson was handed a 119-68 defeat on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Marshall is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Marshall is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 12 of Marshall's last 14 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Marshall at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, December 28th
Cincinnati at Temple, Wednesday, December 28th

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