Cincinnati Bearcats vs. SMU Mustangs, AAC Championship, Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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29-4 March 12, 3:15 PM | XL Center 29-4
Cincinnati vs Southern Methodist, Betting Lines
When: 3:15 PM ET, Sunday, March 12, 2017
Where: XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
TV: 3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
891 –Cincinnati Bearcats +2 -110 +110 Ov 128.5 -110
892 –Southern Methodist Mustangs -2 -110 -130 Un 128.5 -110

The Cincinnati Bearcats and the Southern Methodist Mustangs will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at XL Center.

ABOUT CINCINNATI (29-4): Clark, who rebounded from a five-point performance in Friday’s quarterfinal contest against Tulsa, finished 15-of-16 from the free-throw line against UConn and pulled down nine rebounds. Jacob Evans has scored 41 points in two games during the tournament, while leading scorer Kyle Washington looks to bounce back after foul trouble rendered him scoreless on Saturday. The Bearcats have allowed more than 68 points only once in their last 13 games.

ABOUT SMU (29-4): AAC Player of the Year Semi Ojeleye has scored 52 points through two games of the tournament, while Brown is shooting 64.1 percent overall and 13-of-23 from 3-point range over his last four contests. SMU is limiting opponents to 38.6 percent shooting. The Mustangs have reached the NCAA Tournament just once since 1993 (two seasons ago) and have not won a game in the event since 1988.

Oddsmakers currently have the Mustangs listed as 2-point favorites versus the Bearcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 128.5.

No. 15 SMU has won 15 games in a row and 25 of its last 26 as it rolls into Sunday’s American Athletic Conference tournament title game in Hartford, Conn., against 18th-ranked Cincinnati after posting its school-record 29th victory of the season in Saturday’s semifinal contest versus Central Florida. The top-seeded Mustangs shot 55 percent as their starting five accounted for all the offense in a 70-59 victory, with Sterling Brown scoring 22 points.

The Mustangs also are playing well defensively, allowing 66 points or fewer in 23 of their last 26 games. The second-seeded Bearcats are the last team to have defeated SMU, posting a 66-64 home victory on Jan. 12, but the Mustangs got even with a 60-51 home triumph on Feb. 12. Cincinnati has captured seven of its last eight games as Gary Clark scored a team-high 25 points off the bench in an 81-71 semifinal victory over Connecticut. Sunday’s matchup features two of the best defensive teams in the nation, as SMU is third with 59.9 points allowed while the Bearcats are fourth at 60.5.

Last time out for Southern Methodist, they were a 70-59 winner as they battled Knights at home. They covered in the match as a -8-point favorite.

Cincinnati was a 81-71 winner in its last match at home against Huskies. They covered the -9-point spread as favorites.

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Team record: 29-4 SU,17-13-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 22-2 SU in its last 24 games
Cincinnati is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Southern Methodist

Southern Methodist:
Team record: 29-4 SU,21-6-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 15 straight games.
Southern Methodist is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games
Southern Methodist is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Methodist’s last 5 games


1. SMU seeks its second AAC tournament title in the last three years after missing last year’s event due to NCAA sanctions.

2. Both teams entered the tournament ranked in the top 10 nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio.

3. Cincinnati seeks its first conference tournament title since winning the Conference USA event in 2004.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: SMU Mustangs will cover the spread at -2 and the game will stay under 128.5 points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: SMU 64, Cincinnati 62 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

75.0 PTS FOR 74.6
60.5 PTS AGNST 59.9
14.5 DIFF. 14.7
24.9 DEF REBOUNDS 26.4
12.3 OFF REBOUNDS 12.1
45.9 FG% 47.3
68.0 FT% 69.5
7.5 3 POINTERS 8.1
7.5 STEALS 5.8
No trends to report
Southern Methodist is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Methodist’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Methodist’s last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Southern Methodist is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Southern Methodist is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati’s Overall Scoring vs Southern Methodist’s Overall Defense 75.0 129 59.9 4
Cincinnati’s Away Scoring vs Southern Methodist’s Home Defense 61.6 334 58.8 10
Cincinnati’s Road Rebounds vs Southern Methodist’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.5 59 28.7 8
Southern Methodist’s Overall Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Overall Defense 74.6 146 60.5 5
Southern Methodist’s Home Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Road Defense 78.3 118 57.4 3
Southern Methodist’s Home Rebounds vs Cincinnati’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.7 131 35.7 166

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