Thu, Mar 17, 2:20pm by Kevin Pitstock
When: 2:50 pm AEST Friday, March 18,2011
Where: Verizon Center Washington, DC
The Cincinnati Bearcats are a #6 seed and they will encounter the Missouri Tigers at #11 for a chance to move on the the field of 32 and face the winner of the UConn/Bucknell game. The Bearcats are a member of the Big East conference and Missouri represents the Big 12 conference. Let’s preview the teams and make our pick for your bet and check the odds courtesy of Centrebet.
The Bearcats are 25-8 coming into this game and have won seven of their last ten games. They are led in several offensive categories by Yancey Gates. He scores 12 points per game, 7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and shoots 51% from the field. Cashmere Wright leads the guard categories with 3.8 assists per game and 1.3 steals. Dion Dixon contributes in several categories.
The team scores 69 points per game and allows 59. they shoot 43% from the field, 34% from beyond the arc and 67% from the free throw line. They can rebound with the best teams as they grab 35.6 per game and give back 27.9 a game.
The tigers are 23-10 on the season and have won 5 of their last 10 games. Marcus Denmon leads them is scoring with 17.1 points per game. Phil Pressey manages 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Laurence Bowers powers the middle with 6.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. Ricardo Ratliffe has the best field goal percentage at 58%.
The team is a high scoring group as they are 9th best in the nation at 81 points per game. They are in the top 100 inseveral offensive categories wit 46% field goals shooting, 37% from the 3-point line and fire in free throws at a 74% clip. They are average boarders as they allow 34 per game and gather in 35 of the own per game.
Pick and Prediction
Offense favors the Tigers in this game but Cincinnati has a tenacious defense and that may neutralize some things. Rebounds are similar for both teams. The Big East conference and the Big 12 conference each have tough games every night of the season so no one is really favored for that reason. Checking the odds from Centrebet we find Missouri +1 for the game. With our free pick for your bet it should be on the Missouri Tigers to win this game and cover the spread.
Our Pick: Missouri +1
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