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Southern Methodist favored by -3.5 against Cincinnati on Saturday

Cincinnati BearcatsSouthern Methodist Mustangs
22-2February 08, 2014, 07:30 | Moody Coliseum18-5



The Southern Methodist Mustangs will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Moody Coliseum on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Mustangs currently sports a 18-5 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 13-5-1 ATS. The Bearcats are 22-2 and 9-8-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Mustangs produce a 7-12 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bearcats have gone 3-15 against the number.

View Cincinnati Bearcats vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Southern Methodist sat as -3.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game puts the Mustangs, most recently No. 65 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bearcats, who rate No. 19 in the latest survey.

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Cincinnati was a 63-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against Connecticut. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites. Connecticut was victimized for 26 points and 12 rebounds by Sean Kilpatrick as the Bearcats bested the Huskies 63-58 in college basketball action on Thursday.

Southern Methodist was a 75-52 winner in its last match at home against Temple. They covered the 13-point spread as favorites. Southern Methodist cruised to victory on Thursday, running Temple out of the gym and running up a 75-52 score at Moody Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Methodist's No. 121 nationally ranked offense (72.7 points per game) against a Bearcats defense that sits as the No. 4 at 56.79 PPG. The Mustangs have been averaging 49.39% from the field, more than the Bearcats have managed so far this season (43.01% on average).

A few Bearcats at Mustangs trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 9 games
Cincinnati is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Southern Methodist is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Southern Methodist's last 9 games
Southern Methodist is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home


Next up:
Cincinnati home to Houston, Saturday, February 15th
Southern Methodist at Rutgers, Thursday, February 13th

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