Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Wednesday February 18, 2015. At 7:00 PM EST. On the ESPN Television Network.
The (16-10) Xavier Musketeers of the Big East Conference makes the trip crosstown in the “BATTLE OF THE QUEEN CITY”. Xavier will play the (17-8) Cincinnati Bearcats of the American Athletic Conference in 2015 College Basketball action. The teams will play at Fifth Third Arena on campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. This Sports Handicapper believes The Xavier Musketeers will be one of the last teams to get into the 2015 NCAA March Madness field. Cincinnati will also get in but will be an early exit. The betting line has Cincinnati as a one-point home underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is not available for Wednesday’s game.
The 2015 Xavier Musketeers lost at home 78-70 to St.Johns on Saturday February 14th in their last game. Xavier is in fourth place with a 7-7 record in the Big East. The Musketeers are the highest scoring team in the Conference averaging 76.5 points per contest. Xavier allows opponents nearly sixty-nine, which is ninth in the Big East. Xavier has three players scoring in double figures. Center Matt Stainbrook is a preseason All-Conference selection and is third on the team in scoring. Xavier is 7-2 Against The Number their last nine on Wednesday’s. The Musketeers are 3-9 Against The Point Spread their last twelve on the road. The Xavier Musketeers are 4-6 their last ten NCAA Basketball ATS Betting Predictions overall, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total five. Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack in a native of Cincinnati and knows the bragging rights the winner of this rivalry will have. The game is so intense that two seasons ago a brawl broke out which led to suspensions on both teams, and there was talk of the schools not playing. The key to a Xavier win is to play an up-tempo game, it may be tough because the Bearcats like of play smothering defense.
The 2015 Cincinnati Bearcats are on a two-game losing streak. Cincinnati lost 50-49 at home to Tulane. Cleary both Cincinnati and Xavier got caught looking ahead to Wednesday’s matchup. Cincinnati is in fourth place with an 8-5 record in the AAC, three games out of first. The Bearcats rank near the bottom of the league in scoring offense. Head Coach Mick Cronin team leads the AAC in defense, allowing the opposition 55.2 per contest. Junior Forward Shaquille Thomas is a preseason All-Conference third team selection but needs to start imposing his will. The betting odds under the total are 8-1 Cincinnati last nine on Wednesday’s. Cincinnati is only 1-8 ATS their last nine against The Big East, a Conference they were in just a couple years ago. The betting odds under the total are 9-4 the last thirteen meetings between the teams. The Cincinnati Bearcats are 2-3 Against The Spread their last five at home, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under the betting odds total twice. The key to a Bearcats win is to play their signature defense.
Free Picks: Cincinnati+1.