Cincinnati vs. East Carolina
Basketball Pick: East Carolina +10 (February 1st 2015)
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East Carolina is off to a 1-7 start in the AAC and while things may not look like they will improve today, the Pirates are in a great spot while catching a great number. Last Saturday, they nearly handed Tulsa its first conference loss, then they went on the road and put a scare into Memphis on Wednesday. East Carolina is 7-3 at home with its only bad loss being against Tulane as the other two defeats were by four and two points. The road has been a different story as the Pirates are 0-7 with one of those losses coming at Cincinnati in January by 21 points so they will be out for some payback today. The Bearcats were favored by 14.5 points in that game so the line difference for the venue shift does not correlate. Cincinnati is in a dreadful spot here as it is coming off a big home win over Connecticut on Thursday, its fourth straight victory and it then has to travel to 9-1 SMU in its next game. Since conference play began, East Carolina has been the best three-point shooting team in the AAC connecting on 38.9 percent and making a league-best 9.3 three-pointers per game. The Bearcats are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 road games while the Pirates are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games against teams with a losing road record. Play (812) East Carolina Pirates
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.
Play on Cincinnati. This is a 1* free play.
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.