It figures to be a low-scoring affair as the Memphis Tigers (17-6, 6-4 AAC) travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats (15-8, 8-3 AAC). The game will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Memphis Tigers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Odds
Both teams lost a close one in their last outing. The Bearcats fell to the UConn Huskies, 72-71, while the Tigers were defeated by the South Florida Bulls, 75-73.
Memphis had a better effective field goal percentage (0.556 vs. 0.500) while Cincinnati had a better effective field goal percentage (0.477 vs. 0.447). Tre Scott had a good outing for Cincinnati with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Memphis was lifted by Alex Lomax, who put up 14 points and five assists.
In their first matchup this year, Precious Achiuwa led the Tigers to a 60-49 win. He notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Memphis’ 0.176 free throw rate was their biggest advantage over Cincinnati, who had a mark of 0.117.
Points could be at a premium as a pair of the NCAA’s top defenses face off. Cincinnati ranks 45th in defensive efficiency (93.8) and Memphis is third (87.5).
Memphis Tigers vs. Cincinnati Bearcats ATS Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Cincinnati, ATS Winner – Memphis, O/U – Under
- Memphis averages 6.4 blocks per game, which ranks fourth in the NCAA. Cincinnati ranks 149th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
- The Bearcats average 15.0 assists per game, which ranks 45th in the NCAA. The Tigers rank 71st in assists allowed per game (11.4).
- The Tigers rank 32nd in steals per game (8.2) while the Bearcats rank 116th (6.5).
- Cincinnati averages 37.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 75th in the nation. Memphis ranks 150th in rebounds allowed per game (35.0).
- The Tigers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.4, down from 9.6 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Bearcats have scored an average of 73.8 points per game (1.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.6 points per game (1.9 above their season average).