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Home Court Has Been Vital When SMU, Cincinnati Clash

The AAC lead is up for grabs when the SMU Mustangs visit the Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday night. Cincy is in a good spot, as the home team has gone 5-1 SU in the past six meetings between these two programs. Last year, SMU and Cincinnati split their season series with both teams winning at home.

  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s past 8 games against the AAC.
  • Cincinnati is 8-0 SU in its last 8 games at home against teams with winning records.
  • SMU is 6-2 ATS in its past 8 games against the AAC.

SMU’s defense has been stifling during a 10-game winning streak, as the Mustangs have limited opponents to 54.8 points on 37.3 percent from the floor in that span. Semi Ojeleye has cemented himself as the best offensive player for SMU, with the Duke transfer averaging a team-high 17.9 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Cincinnati is holding opponents to a ridiculous 36 percent from the field, the second-best in the nation, and just 21.5 shots made per game. The Bearcats are also efficient on the offensive end, as the team has a 48.4 shooting percentage with their methodical pace taking opponents out of their game.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NCAA basketball betting line for this matchup, Cincinnati sat as -6-point favorites over at MyBookie. Also, check out the current over/under betting total for points scored, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Cincinnati Bearcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 13-2 and 8-4-1 ATS Cincinnati Bearcats will face the 14-3 Southern Methodist Mustangs, who own a 8-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cincinnati Bearcats are 6-7 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Southern Methodist Mustangs are 5-7.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 33-rated Southern Methodist Mustangs taking on the No. 26-rated Cincinnati Bearcats in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Cincinnati's No. 57-ranked offense, averaging 79.27 PPG, against a Mustangs defense that ranks No. 4 at 59.12 PPG. The Bearcats field goal percentage has averaged 48.44% so far, more than the Mustangs marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.32% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Southern Methodist earned a 84-65 victory over South Florida on Saturday, getting 21 points from Semi Ojeleye at Moody Coliseum.

The Bearcats got 19 points from Kyle Washington as Cincinnati ran past Houston 67-58 on Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Betting Trends
  • Southern Methodist is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Southern Methodist is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Southern Methodist is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • Southern Methodist is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Southern Methodist
  • Cincinnati is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Southern Methodist

Next Betting Matchups

Southern Methodist at Tulane, Sunday, January 15th
Cincinnati at East Carolina, Sunday, January 15th