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Pittsburgh Panthers home to Cincinnati Bearcats in NCAA Basketball betting action

Cincinnati BearcatsPittsburgh Panthers
Dec 31, 12:00 PM | Petersen Events Center

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Pittsburgh Panthers Odds

12-1TEAM RECORD12-1

Cincinnati travels to Pittsburgh on Monday, hoping to boost its 12-1 record with a victory over the Panthers.

The Panthers sport records of 12-1 and 4-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bearcats have 12-1 and 5-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-3 for the Panthers and 3-5 for the Bearcats.

View Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Pittsburgh opened as 5.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Panthers, most recently No. 120 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bearcats, who rate No. 19 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 90-86 victory for the Panthers.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bearcats is ranked No. 2 in NCAA hoops at 45.9 per game. Contrast that with Pittsburgh’s No. 154 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Pittsburgh is the No. 279-ranked team in the country at 4.9 per game, while Cincinnati rates No. 60 at 7.6 per game.

Defensively, Cincinnati features the nation's No. 71-rated defense on the road, allowing 64 points per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 97 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 55-54 loser at home against New Mexico. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Sean Kilpatrick scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Bearcats to a win (they lost 55-54 to New Mexico at Fifth Third Arena on Thursday).

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 59-43 result against Kennesaw State on December 23. Talib Zanna scored 12 points leading the Panthers to a 59-43 victory over Kennesaw State at Petersen Events Center on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-3
Before playing St. John's are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

Pittsburgh Panthers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-3
Before playing Rutgers are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Bearcats at Panthers trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Cincinnati is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati home to St. John's, Saturday, January 5
Pittsburgh at Rutgers, Saturday, January 5