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NCAA hoops odds preview - Southern Methodist vs. Cincinnati

Southern Methodist MustangsCincinnati Bearcats
10-2January 01, 2014, 06:00 | Fifth Third Arena11-2

The Cincinnati Bearcats will be trying to slam the Southern Methodist Mustangs on Wednesday when the teams tip off at Fifth Third Arena in college betting action.

The Mustangs will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 4-4 ATS against the number this season, while the Bearcats are 5-2 ATS. Southern Methodist is 3-5 on the totals; Cincinnati is 1-6.

View Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Cincinnati Bearcats Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Cincinnati in this one found them as -7.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 56-rated Bearcats and the No. 105-ranked Mustangs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Southern Methodist was a 62-54 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Wyoming. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Southern Methodist earned a 62-54 victory over Wyoming on Friday, getting 15 points from Markus Kennedy at Arena-Auditorium.

Cincinnati was a 74-59 winner in its last match at home against Nebraska. They covered the 11-point spread as favorites. The Bearcats got 21 points from Sean Kilpatrick as Cincinnati ran past Nebraska 74-59 on Saturday at Fifth Third Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Cincinnati has the nation's No. 146-rated offensive output, at 73.08 PPG. The visiting Mustangs defense ranks No. 16 allowing on average 61.08 PPG. The Bearcats FG% has averaged 43.02% so far, less than the Mustangs marksmen have achieved on the year, 50.86% per game.

A few Mustangs at Bearcats trends to consider:
Southern Methodist is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Southern Methodist is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Cincinnati is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
Cincinnati is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Southern Methodist home to Connecticut, Saturday, January 4th
Cincinnati at Memphis, Saturday, January 4th