Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Cincinnati Bearcats, Friday, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE CINCINNATI BEARCATS
15-16 March 10, 7:00 PM | XL Center 27-4
Tulsa vs Cincinnati, Betting Lines
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, March 10, 2017
Where: XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
537 –Tulsa Golden Hurricane +15½ -110  +1025 Ov 127½ -110
538 –Cincinnati Bearcats -15½ -110  -1600 Un 127½ -110

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 10th – AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – QUARTERFINALS – XL Center – Hartford, CT

The fans at XL Center will be treated to a game between the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Cincinnati Bearcats when they take their seats on Friday.

ABOUT TULSA (15-16): The Golden Hurricane beat Tulane despite shooting only 38 percent from the field and committing 15 turnovers as guards Pat Birt, Corey Henderson and Sterling Taplin combined for 37 of the team’s 66 points. Meanwhile, leading scorers Junior Etou (12.7 points) and Jaleel Wheeler (9.4) combined for only 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting and will be counted on to bounce back Friday. The Golden Hurricane is averaging 14.8 turnovers per contest (313th out of 347 teams nationally entering Thursday) and will need to be better against the Bearcats.

ABOUT CINCINNATI (27-4): The Bearcats ranked either first or second in the AAC in 10 of 17 team statistical categories during the regular season, including scoring (first with 74.7 points), scoring defense (second with 60.2 points allowed) and turnover margin (second at plus-3.74). Jacob Evans (13.4 points), Kyle Washington (13.3) and Gary Clark (10.4) are averaging double digits while senior point guard Troy Caupain is averaging 9.8 points and a team-leading 4.6 assists and is one assist away from reaching 500 for his career. Clark and Washington combine to average 15.1 rebounds for Cincinnati, which ranks third in the conference with a rebound margin of plus-4.6.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bearcats listed as 15½-point favorites versus the Golden Hurricane, while the game’s total is sitting at 127½.

Cincinnati is seeking its first conference title since 2004, and the 18th-ranked and second-seeded Bearcats begin that quest Friday night against seventh-seeded Tulsa in the American Athletic Tournament quarterfinals in Hartford, Conn. While Cincinnati had a first-round bye, the Golden Hurricane advanced Thursday by holding off 10th-seeded Tulane 66-60 at the XL Center.

Since 2004, Cincinnati only has made it to one conference tourney final (2012 Big East Tournament) and is 1-3 in three AAC tourneys, bowing out in the quarterfinals each of the last two seasons with losses to lower-seeded foes. In compiling the second-most regular-season wins (27) in program history, Mick Cronin’s current Bearcats appear poised to make a deep strong postseason run, but the veteran coach knows it all starts with getting past a Tulsa squad the Bearcats swept during the regular season. “It’s always a challenge to try to beat any team for the third time,” Cronin said on the school’s athletics web site Thursday. “College basketball is so unique. In a one-game shot. So many things can happen. That would be your biggest concern, making sure your guys are sharp and they don’t underestimate a (team) because we did beat them twice.” Tulsa, meanwhile, entered the postseason on a two-game skid, including a regular season-ending 81-69 loss at Tulane, but the Golden Hurricane made amends Thursday in a ragged game (45 total fouls, 27 turnovers) to survive and advance.

In their last action, Cincinnati was a 67-47 winner on the road against Huskies. They covered the -6.5-point spread as favorites.

Tulsa was a 66-60 winner in its last match at home against Green Wave. They earned a push of the -6-point spread as favorites.

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Tulsa:
Team record: 15-16 SU,15-14-1 ATS
Tulsa is 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Tulsa is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tulsa’s last 6 games

Cincinnati:
Team record: 27-4 SU,15-13-1 ATS
Cincinnati is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 8 games
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tulsa

TIP-INS

1. Cincinnati won the two regular-season meetings by 57-55 and 80-60 margins.

2. Tulsa led the AAC in free throw percentage (72.9) during the regular season and drained 22-of-31 attempts Thursday versus Tulane.

3. The Cincinnati-Tulsa winner will play the winner of Friday’s final quarterfinal, pitting third-seeded Houston and sixth-seeded Connecticut, in Saturday’s semifinals.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Tulsa Golden Hurricane will cover the spread at +15.5 and the game will go over 127½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Cincinnati 73, Tulsa 63 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
TULSA TEAM CINCY
67.6 PTS FOR 74.7
70.0 PTS AGNST 60.2
-2.3 DIFF. 14.5
25.2 DEF REBOUNDS 25.1
9.8 OFF REBOUNDS 12.2
41.9 FG% 46.0
72.8 FT% 66.9
7.4 3 POINTERS 7.5
4.6 STEALS 7.6
BETTING TRENDS
TULSA
No trends to report
CINCINNATI
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cincinnati’s last 8 games
Cincinnati is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tulsa
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games when playing Tulsa
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Tulsa’s Overall Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Overall Defense 67.7 296 60.2 5
Tulsa’s Away Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Home Defense 63.9 307 61.9 33
Tulsa’s Road Rebounds vs Cincinnati’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.9 217 30.8 45
Cincinnati’s Overall Scoring vs Tulsa’s Overall Defense 74.7 145 70.0 122
Cincinnati’s Home Scoring vs Tulsa’s Road Defense 83.0 51 71.8 103
Cincinnati’s Home Rebounds vs Tulsa’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.2 160 33.8 73

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