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College basketball point spread favors Bearcats in battle with Tigers

Memphis TigersCincinnati Bearcats
22-7March 06, 2014, 07:00 | Fifth Third Arena24-5

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Fifth Third Arena Thursday as host Cincinnati looks to handle the Memphis Tigers in NCAA hoops action.

The Bearcats sit at 24-5 (11-11-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Tigers are currently 22-7 (14-11-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Cincinnati is 5-18 OU, and Memphis is 9-16 OU.

View Memphis Tigers vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Bearcats in this one found them listed as -4.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Thursday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Tigers was expected to move the line.

This game matches up the No. 27 (Bearcats) and the No. 86 (Tigers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Memphis was a 72-66 winner in its last match at home against Louisville. They covered the 5-point spread as underdogs. Memphis got 18 points from Michael Dixon Jr. en route to a 72-66 victory over Louisville on Saturday at FedExForum.

Cincinnati was a 51-45 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Connecticut. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. The Bearcats endured a 51-45 loss at the hands of the Huskies on Saturday, despite a 16-point effort from Sean Kilpatrick at Gampel Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cincinnati's No. 188-ranked scoring average of 68.41 PPG, against a Tigers defense rated No. 131 and allowing 69.86 PPG. The Bearcats FG% has averaged 42.29% to date this season, less than the Tigers shooters have managed so far (48.61% per game).

Next up:
Memphis home to Southern Methodist, Saturday, March 8th
Cincinnati at Rutgers, Saturday, March 8th