Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Thursday February 5, 2015. At 9:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.
The (15-6) Cincinnati Bearcats of the American Athletic Conference makes the trip from Southwest Ohio to the MetroPlex. Cincinnati will play the (18-4), and twenty-third ranked SMU Mustangs also of the AAC in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at Moody Coliseum on campus in Dallas, Texas. This Sports Handicapper believes the Cincinnati Bearcats will get into the 2015 NCAA March Madness Tournament but will be one and done. The SMU Mustangs could be the best team in the Conference, but they must stay hungry. The betting line has Cincinnati as a six-point road underdog Against The Spread, and the betting odds total is not available for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Cincinnati Bearcats have won five of six but lost at East Carolina 50-46 on Saturday January 31st. Cincinnati is in third place in the Conference, three games out of the lead. Forward Octavius Ellis scored a team-high fourteen points in the loss at East Carolina. Toughness is the winning formula for the Cincinnati Bearcats, especially on defense. The Bearcats offense averages 62 points per contest. Junior Forward Shaquille Thomas is the team’s best player but has not met expectations this season. Cincinnati is only 7-18 Against The Number their last twenty-five on the road. The betting odds under the total are 20-8 Cincinnati last twenty-eight away from home. The Cincinnati Bearcats are 6-4 their last ten NCAA Basketball ATS Betting Expert Predictions going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the total five. Cincinnati beat SMU at home 56-50 on January 3, 2015. The key to a Cincinnati win is to play their signature “D”. Cincinnati struggles on the offense end of the basketball court; they must turn defense into offense.
The 2015 SMU Mustangs have won nine of ten straight up, their latest, a 75-56 home victory over Central Florida on the 31st of last month. SMU is second in the American Athletic Conference with a 9-1 record, one game behind Tulsa. Sophomore Guar Keith Frazier is out for the season due to academics. Frazier averages ten points per contest, and his suspension is going to hurt. Point Guard Nic Moore is the Mustangs leading scorer with fifteen points a game. Head Coach Larry Brown has the SMU program thriving and renovations to their arena is being discussed. SMU is 6-0-2 Against The Point Spread their last eight at home. The Mustangs are 3-8-1 Against The Spread their last twelve on Thursday’s. The SMU Mustangs are 6-2-2 ATS their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total six times. The key to an SMU win is to play their style and listen to Brown. SMU is seeking revenge for an earlier road loss to the Bearcats.
Free Pick: SMU-6.