The No. 2 Cincinnati Bearcats (31-4) will be in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena when they clash with the No. 7 Nevada Wolf Pack (28-7). Action gets underway at 6:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Cincinnati Bearcats ATS Odds
Both teams defeated their last opponent. The Bearcats defeated the No. 15 Georgia State Panthers 68-53, while the Wolf Pack beat the No. 10 Texas Longhorns 87-83.
Nevada dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.190 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 8.9 (better than their season average of 12.4). Texas was 0.149 and 10.7, respectively, for those same stats. Meanwhile, Cincinnati dominated nearly every stat category in their game. They had a free throw rate of 0.177 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 (above their season average of 38.1). Georgia State was 0.057 and 18.8, respectively, for those same stats. Cincinnati received a boost from Jarron Cumberland, who finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, Caleb Martin had a good game for Nevada, contributing 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
It might turn into a high-scoring affair as two of the NCAA’s top offenses clash. Cincinnati currently ranks 35th with 113.4 points per 100 possessions and Nevada is 10th (117.4). Additionally, the Wolf Pack commit the fewest errors in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 13.9 percent), while the gambling defense of the Bearcats causes the 21st-most (opponents turnover percentage of 22.3 percent).
The Wolf Pack’s Jordan Caroline has been playing at a high level over his last five games, averaging 23.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Gary Clark has averaged 12.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals during that same time frame for the Bearcats.
Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Cincinnati Bearcats ATS Pick
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Nevada, ATS Winner – Nevada, O/U – Under
- Cincinnati averages 39.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 22nd in the NCAA. Nevada ranks 224th in rebounds allowed per game (36.3).
- The Bearcats rank 50th in steals per game (7.3) while the Wolf Pack rank 144th (6.1).
- Cincinnati averages 5.5 blocks per game, which ranks eighth in the NCAA. Nevada ranks 63rd in blocks allowed per game (2.9).
- The Bearcats rank 108th in three pointers allowed per game (20.8) while the Wolf Pack rank 249th (23.9).
- Cincinnati ranks seventh in assists allowed per game (9.9) while Nevada ranks 118th (12.9).
- The Bearcats average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.4, down from 17.3 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Wolf Pack have scored an average of 82.8 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 80.2 points per game (7.0 above their season average).