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March Madness - Purdue Boilermakers vs Cincinnati Bearcats NCAA College Basketball Betting

Purdue Boilermakers

vs

Cincinnati Bearcats
Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:10 PM ET
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Purdue was on a profitable 14-3 run against the spread, but has coughed up the cash its last three games. Cincinnati, meanwhile, is 5-1 ATS over its last six contests. In what looks like a good, tough, Round of 64 matchup the ninth-seeded Boilermakers tangle with the eighth-seeded Bearcats Thursday afternoon in Louisville.

Bet against Purdue in the first round of the Madness at your peril. They have won 12 straight since 1996 and are 9-3 ATS in those openers. (Line was -2 favoring Purdue at Bovada)

Purdue won nine of its last 12 games, going 10-2 ATS in the process, to finish tied for fourth in the Big Ten this season at 12-6. The Boilers then beat Penn State in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, before losing to eventual conference tournament champion Wisconsin on Saturday 71-51. The Boilers actually led the Badgers 35-30 at halftime, before giving way. Still, Purdue has been one of the best bets in college basketball this season, going 20-10 ATS.

Cincinnati won its last five games to finish in a tie for third in the AAC at 13-5, but lost its opener in the conference tournament to Connecticut 57-54 on a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Bearcats own victories this season over San Diego State and North Carolina State, both NCAA Tournament qualifiers, and beat AAC champion SMU twice. Also, of their 10 losses, six came by six points or less.

Purdue Boilermakers vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Cincinnati Bearcats are 22-11 so far on the season, and 17-14 ATS vs the number. The Purdue Boilermakers, meanwhile, are 21-12 and 20-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Cincinnati go 11-15-1 and the Purdue Boilermakers go 10-18 on betting totals.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cincinnati Bearcats rated this week at No. 80 and the Purdue Boilermakers sitting at No. 132.

How Purdue Boilermakers vs Cincinnati Bearcats Stats Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Cincinnati's No. 224-ranked scoring average of 62 PPG, against a Purdue Boilermakers defense rated No. 101 and allowing 64.52 PPG. The Cincinnati Bearcats FG% has averaged 44.83% to date this season, less than the Purdue Boilermakers shooters have managed so far (45.31% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Boilermakers were hammered by Wisconsin on Saturday, losing by a 71-51 final at United Center in college basketball betting action.

Ryan Boatright scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Bearcats to a win (they lost 57-54 to Connecticut at Gampel Pavilion on Friday).

Trends

Purdue won seven straight SU as favorite

Cincy ended year on 5-1 SU and ATS runs

Cincy bounced past two first rounds

Purdue is 12-0, 9-3 ATS is first round since 1996

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