Cincinnati Bearcats vs. DePaul Blue Demons
The Cincinnati Bearcats are 10-point home favorites over the DePaul Blue Demons in Big East action.Â The over/under for the game is 131.Â DePaul will be looking to snap their 10-game losing tonight.
DePaul has already played Cincinnati back on December 28 and lost 76-60. Last season, the Blue Demons lost to the Bearcats 74-69. Over four years, DePaul has gone 3-3 against Cincinnati, and 1-1 at home. However, this years DePaul squad is fighting their own mons, and is coming off a nail-biter to the Cardinals in conference play, 61-57 on February 5. Its the closest theyve been to a win since losing by just two-points to West Virginia on Jan. 4. The other nine losses have come by margins of 10 or more including one at nearly 30, and two at over 30 point margins. To say the Blue Demons have been getting blown out is an understatement.
As for Cincinnati, winners of two of its last six, they are coming off two consecutive losses including a 71-59, conference loss to Pittsburgh on February 4th. The Panthers got too many quick points off threes, with 21 of their total points coming from three-point range while spreading the ball around racking up 15 assists.Â The Bearcats have one win in conference on the road all year. Missing Yancy Gates is really going to hurt the teams efforts. He violated team rules and has been suspended, and it is unlikely that he will be back in the fold for Tuesdays game against the Blue Demons. That leaves Cincy with just a single double-digit point scorer, Dion Dixon.
The good news is that the Bearcats play great defense and do have depth and players that can score off the bench on a regular basis. That should be enough to beat a DePaul squad that really would love to just scratch a win or two together in conference this year.Â I don’t believe that happens tonight.Â I believe Cincinnati will roll and cover the 10 points.
Cincinnati Bearcats -10 DePaul Blue Demons