Texas Longhorns vs. Cincinnati Bearcats

The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Texas Longhorns battle it out on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  The Bearcats are -2.5 point favorites over the Longhorns with an over/under point total set at 130.

The Cincinnati Bearcats got a signature win in the Big East Tournament this year knocking off Syracuse but despite losing to Louisville in their next game Mick Cronin’s team is brimming with confidence heading into March Madness. Cincinnati is 12-4 in out of conference games, 3-1 in neutral site games, and they played the 73rd ranked schedule in the country. Sean Kilpatrick is averaging 14.3 points and 4.6 rebounds, Dion Dixon is averaging 13.1 points, Yancy Gates is averaging 12.4 points and 9.2 rebounds, and Cashmere Wright is averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 assists. As a tea the Bearcats are averaging 68.5 points and they are shooting 42 percent while defensively they are allowing 61.2 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Cincinnati went 5-2 against teams ranked in the top 25 so this game won’t be anything that will intimidating to them.

The Texas Longhorns were considered to be a bubble team when it came to this year’s NCAA Tournament but regardless Rick Barnes’ team is in and now they have a chance to show they are deserving. Texas is 11-4 in out of conference games, 1-3 in neutral site games, 3-9 against teams ranked in the top 25, and they had the 21st ranked schedule in the country. J’Covan Brown is averaging 20.1 points, Sheldon McClellan is averaging 11.3. points, and Myck Kabongo is averaging 9.8 points. As a team the Longhorns are averaging 73.1 points and they are shooting 43.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.8 points and their opponents are shooting 41.4 percent. Texas has played in plenty of big games against big time opponents but they haven’t had a lot of success.

Cincinnati is 8-2 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 neutral site games, and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games. Texas is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games overall, 3-8 against the spread against the Big East, and 1-6 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games.

The total is set at 130 and this one should go over that number.

Pick

Over 130

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