The UAPB Golden Lions (0-12) seek their first win when they take on the No. 20 Cincinnati Bearcats (6-2) at BB&T Arena. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
UAPB Golden Lions vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Odds Preview
In the Golden Lions last outing, they got blown out by the Weber State Wildcats, 96-74. Martaveous McKnight put together a solid performance for UAPB, leading the team in scoring with 27 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Weber State did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (23-31; 74.2 percent). UAPB, meanwhile, held the Wildcats to an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.2 (below the 39.8 mark opponents have averaged against UAPB this season).
The Bearcats will look to keep it rolling after beating the UCLA Bruins in their last matchup, 77-63. Cincinnati was lifted by Gary Clark, who contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. Cincinnati dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.259 (above their season average of 0.252) and a turnover percentage of 11.7 (better than their season average of 14.7). UCLA was 0.107 and 23.1, respectively, for those same stats.
The prolific offense of Cincinnati will square off against the porous defense of UAPB. Since last season, the Bearcats rank 52nd in offensive efficiency, while the Golden Lions are 335th in defensive efficiency. The Bearcats should have the advantage on that side of the ball.
UAPB Golden Lions vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cincinnati, ATS Winner – Cincinnati, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bearcats rank 23rd in blocks per game (5.3) while the Golden Lions rank 116th (3.0).
- Cincinnati ranks 31st in assists allowed per game (11.2) while UAPB ranks 221st (14.6).
- The Bearcats rank 84th in rebounds per game (37.7) while the Golden Lions rank 262nd (30.1).
- Cincinnati ranks second in steals allowed per game (4.0) while UAPB ranks 174th (9.1).