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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Blue Raiders underdogs vs Bearcats at Cincinnati

Middle Tennessee Blue RaidersCincinnati Bearcats
8-3December 21, 2013, 02:00 | Fifth Third Arena8-2

Fifth Third Arena features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Cincinnati Bearcats and the visiting Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Blue Raiders will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 4-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Bearcats are 3-2 ATS. Middle Tennessee is 2-4 against the total, while Cincinnati is 0-5 versus the number.

View Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bearcats installed as -8.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Bearcats - Blue Raiders odds would favor the Bearcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Cincinnati is rated No. 61 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Middle Tennessee is at No. 129.

In their last action, Middle Tennessee was a 102-52 winner at home against Tennessee Temple. The Blue Raiders blew out Tennessee Temple on Tuesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 102-52 win at Murphy Center.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 44-43 winner as they battled Pittsburgh at home. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. The Bearcats grabbed a 44-43 win over the Panthers on Tuesday, behind a 12-point effort from Justin Jackson at Madison Square Garden.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Cincinnati's No. 199-ranked offense, averaging 70.5 PPG, against a Blue Raiders defense that ranks No. 70 at 66.55 PPG. The Bearcats field goal percentage has averaged 42.88% so far, less than the Blue Raiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.7% per game.

A few Blue Raiders at Bearcats trends to consider:
Middle Tennessee is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games
Middle Tennessee is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
Middle Tennessee is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Cincinnati is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Cincinnati is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Middle Tennessee at Maine, Sunday, December 29th
Cincinnati at Chicago State, Monday, December 23rd