Tulsa Golden Hurricane (12-7) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (16-3)Date : 01/24/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs Cincinnati Bearcats
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, to battle the Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Cincinnati is now ranked second with in the AAC division as they are winners of four straight games after picking up a victory vs the Wichita State Shockers in their last outing as the home team posted just 55 points on the night while shooting only 40% on the night. And while Cincinnati certainly did not shoot great, by any stretch, during this contest at 39%, they took advantage of 13 turnovers in the contest while heavily outrebounding the Shockers in the victory. Furthermore, the Bearcats were able to get to the free-throw line a total of 35 times compared to seven for Wichita State.
On the other hand, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane are slumping at this point in the season as they are losers of three of their last four games, overall, as they picked up yet another loss on the road versus a tough Central Florida Knights team in their last time out. Tulsa’s defense certainly came to play throughout the contest as the Golden Hurricane was able to go into the break with a nine-point lead; However, Central Florida re-gained its wits in the second half as they outscored the visitors 41-30 while shooting under 40% from the floor on the night. The Knights, however, were able to get to the free-throw line 31 times for the game while heavily outrebounding Tulsa as well in addition to capitalizing off 13 turnovers in the victory.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane's Latest Performance :
For the season, Tulsa is averaging just 70 points on 44% shooting on a nightly basis. In fact, the Golden Hurricane has only scored 72 or more points in just two of their last eight games, overall. In their last matchup versus the Central Florida Knights, the defensive-minded Knights were able to hold Tulsa to just 40% shooting from the floor while allowing them to connect on just nine of 17 3-point attempts on the night as Daquan Jeffries along with Sterling Taplin led the team with 15 and 14 points, respectively, as they combined to go 9-19 from the floor along with 5 – 9 from 3-point range.
Central Florida shot a dismal 37% from the field and only 20% from three-point range as they possessed four double-digit scorer as led by BJ Taylor with 13 points while also having three turnovers in the game. Taylor also had a rough shooting night as he went only 3 – 11 from the floor along with 3-11 from three-point range.
Essentially, the Tulsa offense, which has not been impressive all season, as stated, has simply grinded to a halt at this point in the season and will certainly find their fair share of issues dealing with a defensive-minded squad in Cincinnati. That is, if they are unable to push the pace constantly in which to catch the Bearcats defense on its heels.
Cincinnati Bearcats's Latest Performance :
Jared Cumberland along with Justin Jennifer led Cincinnati in scoring in their win over the Wichita State Shockers in their last outing with Cumberland ending with 18 points along with pulling down seven rebounds. Jennifer ended with 17 points as he went 4-5 from the field as well as 2-3 from long range. Finally, the only other double-digit scorer for Cincinnati was Keith Williams, who had 14 points along with four turnovers in 32 minutes of play.
Cincinnati was essentially in control of this game throughout as neither team could find any type of consistency of the offensive end throughout the game. Nonetheless, Cincinnati was able to hunker down on the defensive end, which is been the tip of the spear in their success this season, in which to turn defense into offense as the Bearcats were able to seal this game from the free throw line en route to the victory to win their second straight road game.
The Bearcats will now return home, where they are winners of six straight games, in which to face a Tulsa Golden Hurricane team that has certainly struggled away from home recently in dropping their last three outings, altogether. Unfortunately for the Golden Hurricane, they are averaging just 57 points in their last three road games, as well.
How Tulsa Golden Hurricane & Cincinnati Bearcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Tulsa is 10 – 9 ATS while the OU is 8 – 10
Cincinnati is 9 – 10 ATS while the OU is 9 – 10
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
On face value, this type of matchup could get very ugly really quick as the Cincinnati defense will certainly be looking to assert themselves on the defensive end early and often versus a struggling offensive team in Tulsa. On the other hand, Tulsa has not been accurate, at all, on the offensive end this season, as stated, and will be looking to get out on transition throughout the duration of this contest in which to put some easy points on the board. Nonetheless, one should expect a very exciting and highly competitive matchup amongst these two teams that will be fighting tooth-and-nail in which to pick up a conference victory on Thursday night.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Bearcats in this contest as they are simply the better team at this point in the season and this will be illustrated on Thursday night as they will pick up a convincing victory over a visiting Tulsa Golden Hurricane team that has played atrociously on the road recently. And while their defense has not been as bad as their offensive counterparts, they continue to allow just 40% shooting from the floor on a nightly basis. Nonetheless, the Bearcats will grind out a victory by pulling away in the second half while picking up yet another conference victory while keeping pressure on the top-seeded team in the conference in the Houston Cougars.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this matchup simply due to the fact that the Tulsa Golden Hurricane will not score with any type of consistency in this contest versus a solid and tough-minded defensive squad in the Cincinnati Bearcats on Thursday. And while the Bearcats will certainly put some points on the board throughout the duration of this game, they will also find their fair share of issues when matched up against a Tulsa defense that is allowing just 40% shooting to opponents, as stated. In all, look for the under to be the strong play in this instance.
Betting trends for Tulsa Golden Hurricane:
- The Golden Hurricane are 3-1 against the spread in last 4 games
- The under a 6-4 in Golden Hurricane last 10 games
Betting trends for Cincinnati Bearcats:
- The Bearcats are 1-4 against the spread in last 5 games
- The over is 5-1 in Bearcats last six games