The Cincinnati Bearcats (15-8, 8-3 AAC) look to continue their six-game home winning streak in a matchup against the Memphis Tigers (17-6, 6-4 AAC) at Fifth Third Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Memphis Tigers at Cincinnati Bearcats ATS Preview
In the Tigers’ last matchup, they lost a close one to the South Florida Bulls, 75-73. Alex Lomax put together a solid game for Memphis, recording 14 points and five assists. South Florida had an offensive rebounding percentage of 39.5 (above their season average of 32.5). Memphis, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.556 vs. 0.500).
The Bearcats are trying to rebound after their 72-71 loss to the UConn Huskies in their last matchup. Tre Scott was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting. UConn had a better free throw rate (0.197 vs. 0.121). Cincinnati, meanwhile, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.477 vs. 0.447).
Baskets could be hard to come by in this contest between two of the NCAA’s best defenses. Cincinnati currently ranks 45th in defensive efficiency (93.8) and Memphis is third (87.5).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Tigers won 60-49. Memphis’ free throw rate was their largest strength over Cincinnati. The Tigers had a rate of 0.176, while the Bearcats posted a mark of 0.117. Precious Achiuwa recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Memphis Tigers at Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Memphis, ATS Winner – Memphis, O/U – Over
Cincinnati averages 37.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 75th in the nation. Memphis ranks 150th in rebounds allowed per game (35.0).
The Bearcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.2, down from 6.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 70.2 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.8 points per game (2.7 above their season average).