Cincinnati at Wichita State: 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Wichita State Shockers (16-4) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (11-10)
Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm (Dickies Arena)
Betting Odds: Wichita State Shockers -4-- Over/Under: 145 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Cincinnati Bearcats and Wichita State Shockers will square off at Dickies Arena in the Semifinals of the AAC Championship this Saturday afternoon.
The 5-seed Cincinnati Bearcats (11-10) were able to advance to the Semifinals of the AAC Championship after defeating the SMU Mustangs, 74-71, on Friday. Cincinnati was outstanding defensively against the SMU offense and was able to hold off the Mustangs for the victory after taking a 61-41 lead with just 6:07 left in regulation. Cincinnati shot 44.2% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc while SMU shot 35.9% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Cincinnati outrebounded SMU by a 40-37 margin and forced 20 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bearcats was Jeremiah Davenport who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, & 4 steals.
Coming into their game against SMU, Cincinnati was averaging 69.8 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Bearcats were averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cincinnati had been led by Keith Williams (15.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Jeremiah Davenport (11.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), David DeJulius (10.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.6 apg), &Tari Eason (7.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg).
Defensively, Cincinnati was allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Bearcats had a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
The 1-seed Wichita State Shockers (16-4) were able to advance to the Semifinals of the AAC Championship after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 68-67, on Friday. Wichita State struggled offensively against South Florida and trailed by a 41-32 margin at halftime, however, the Shockers defense was outstanding in the 2nd half and Wichita State was able to get the come from behind victory after Tyson Etienne gave the Shockers the lead for good with a pair of FT’s with just 8.9 seconds left in regulation. Wichita State shot 37.7% from the field and 32.3% from beyond the arc while South Florida shot 44.8% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc. Wichita State was outrebounded by South Florida by a 41-33 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 12-4 margin. Leading the way for the Shockers was Tyson Etienne who had 21 points, 3 assist, & 1 steal.
Coming into their game against South Florida, Wichita State was averaging 73.3 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Shockers were averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wichita State had been led by Tyson Etienne (17.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.6 apg), Alterique Gilbert (10.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Morris Udeze (9.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg), & Dexter Dennis (9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg).
Defensively, Wichita State was allowing their opponents to average 67.8 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Shockers had a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Bearcats are 20-43 ATS in their last 63 games overall and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win. The Shockers are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record, however, are just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Cincinnati played well against SMU, however, this is just not a very good Bearcats team this season as Cincinnati comes into this game ranked just 208th in scoring offense & 219th in scoring defense. Wichita State comes into this game on a 9-game winning streak, which includes an impressive 68-63 victory against Houston, and has been solid on both ends of the court this season, ranking 123rd in scoring offense, 103rd in scoring defense, & 26th in defensive FG%. Wichita State had no trouble taking care of business against Cincinnati earlier this season in a game that was nowhere near as close as the final score (82-76) and as I think the Shockers defense will give Cincinnati some trouble, I’m taking Wichita State to cover this spread. Good Luck!