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Cincinnati Bearcats vs Villanova Wildcats Preview

Villanova WildcatsCincinnati Bearcats
Feb 12, 8:00 PM | Fifth Third Arena

Villanova Wildcats vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds


Fifth Third Arena will host Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Villanova Wildcats action on Tuesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Cincinnati will face the 15-9 Wildcats, who own a 15-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bearcats are 5-14 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Wildcats are 8-12 favoring the OVER.

View Villanova vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bearcats installed as 7.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 8-rated Bearcats and the No. 53-ranked Wildcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 78-70 result in favor of the Bearcats.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Wildcats is ranked No. 58 in NCAA hoops at 37.7 per game. Contrast that with Cincinnati’s No. 7 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Cincinnati is the No. 88-ranked team in the country at 7 per game, while Villanova rates No. 132 at 6.5 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Villanova owns the country's No. 91-rated mark, allowing 66.2 points per game on the highway. Cincinnati, on the other hand, rates No. 138 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Villanova, they were a 68-40 winner as they battled South Florida at home. They covered in the match as a 9-point favorite. The battle between the Wildcats and Bulls didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as South Florida was handed a 68-40 defeat on Saturday at Villanova Pavilion.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 62-52 loser as they battled Pittsburgh at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. Cincinnati suffered a 62-52 loss against Pittsburgh on Saturday, getting 16 points from Sean Kilpatrick in a losing effort at Fifth Third Arena.

Villanova Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Connecticut are 9-1
After playing South Florida are 5-4
After a win are 8-2

Cincinnati Bearcats Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Georgetown are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few Wildcats at Bearcats trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Villanova's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games at home
Cincinnati is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home
Cincinnati is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games

Next up:
Villanova at Connecticut, Saturday, February 16
Cincinnati home to Georgetown, Friday, February 15