Cincinnati vs. Memphis
Basketball Pick: Cincinnati Pk (January 15th 2015)
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The Cincinnati Bearcats relies on their defense to win them games, and so far it’s worked. They allow under 55 points a game and that has helped them build an 11-4 record. Many experts looked at this year as a rebuilding year due to heavy losses to graduation. They are coming off a loss to Connecticut, the loss snapped the Bearcat’s four game winning streak. The Bearcats couldn’t get anything going offensively, as Troy Caupain was the only player to crack double figures in scoring with 14 points and rebounds. He shot only 6 for 15 on the day.
The Memphis Tigers are 9-6 on the season, and 2-2 in conference play.. As a team they have averaged 67 points a game while they allow 61 points a game. Memphis showed their defensive ability in a 62-44 win over Houston. The held Houston to 33 percent shooting from the floor, while shooting 43 percent themselves. Austin Nichols led the Tigers in the game with 16 points and seven rebounds. Markel Crawford added 12 points with Kedren Johnson and Shaq Goodwin tossing in ten points and eight points respectively.
Cincinnati and Memphis have both played above expectations this season. Cincinnati has played a little bit better and have the better team. This is basically a pick-em game so I am taking the better defensive team in Cincinnati.
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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
Bowl Game Pick: Virginia Tech +3 (December 27th 2014)
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Well you have one thing going for you if you are backing VT in this game, Bud Fosters defense. The mystic has worn off of Hokies as both father time has caught up with Frank Beamer and the offense is outdated and depleted in talent for VT versus past years editions. They had to win their last game of the season to become bowl eligible and their only 2 wins this season that mattered in terms of national attention was an early season win at Ohio State and a 1 point win at Duke late in the season. What sticks out is a 6-3 loss at Wake Forest, just inexcusable for a program like VT. How things have changed in Blacksburg.
The Bearcats roll in here with huge momentum with 7 straight wins (6-0-1 ATS) to end the season, a co-conference title, and an offense led by Notre Dame transfer Gunner Kiel who is a dual threat and makes Cincy go. Momentum HOWEVER IS NOT ON THE SIDE OF ANY BOWL TEAM. Too much time has passed. The easy route to lay the measly 3 points with a high octane offense and go against an average VT team here which EXACTLY Why I am taking VT in this game. Frank Beamer and Bud Foster have 4 weeks to prepare basically for a team who played in a very weak conference and the wins over bowl bound Duke, and Final 4 contender Ohio State tells me VT can win this game and Beamer can still get his boys up for a big game. Cincy has not seen a defense like this one gents, that is the difference.
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. South Florida
Betting Prediction: Cincinnati -10 (October 24th 2014)
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I like Cincinnati to win this game and cover. This is a revenge game from last year when Cincy lost SU 26-20 as a 10.5 point road favorite @ South Florida. It was embarrassing for them as they had 4 costly turnovers in that game and they should have won easily, after outgaining South Florida 350-241.
Cincinnati has the better offense by 132 yards over South Florida and they have played some tough defenses in Miami Fl, Memphis, and Ohio State this season. For South Florida, this is a team that continues to struggle on offense as they have gotten outgained in 5 of their 7 games this season and overall they are losing the stats by 107 yards a game. The QB’s of South Florida are only completing 46% of their passes with a 6TD/8 INT mark and is no comparison to Gunner Kiel for Cincy, who has a wide arsenal of weapons to spread the ball too. He is the AAC’s top rated QB is TD’s and in Pass efficiency.
Now, Cincinnati’s defense as struggled unexplainably. Last season they only gave up 21 ppg, and in 2012 they only allowed 18.5 ppg. This year, they are giving up 34.5 ppg and I think that the defense is much better than we are seeing. They have experience in the front 7 and the secondary. They do have new defensive coordinators which can explain for some of it, but I know HC Tommy Tubberville prides on defense and they will start to improve. This is a great game for the defense to tighten up vs. a South Florida team that has only scored over 17 points once this season. That was last week vs. Tulsa when they actually got outgained by 76 yards so don’t let the 38-30 score fool you. Tulsa was actually up 30-14 in the 3rd quarter. After battling so hard to come back and get the win, I expect a letdown to be in store tonight as this is South Florida’s 3rd road game in 4 weeks now. With Cincy being 8-2 ATS the last 10 meetings, I look for them to get their revenge in this game and smash the gas on Friday night.
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