The Cincinnati Bearcats and the SMU Mustangs are set to square off in an American Athletic Conference matchup at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats are 10-4 overall and 8-2 at home, while SMU is 11-3 overall and 2-1 on the road. SMU is on an eight-game winning streak following its victory over UCF on Sunday.
The Bearcats are favored by 2.5 points in the latest Cincinnati vs. SMU odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 142.5. Before entering any SMU vs. Cincinnati picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Cincinnati vs. SMU spread: Cincinnati -2.5
- Cincinnati vs. SMU over-under: 142 points
Featured Game | Cincinnati Bearcats vs. SMU Mustangs
What you need to know about Cincinnati
Cincinnati had won five of its last six games heading into last Saturday’s matchup against Tulane, but the Bearcats came up short in a 68-60 final. They were 9.5-point favorites, so it was a disappointing return from a two-week COVID-19 pause. Guard David DeJulius, who is one of the team’s leaders, did not have his best showing, shooting just 3 of 12 from the floor.
DeJulius is the second-leading scorer, averaging 12.1 points per game. Junior guard Jeremiah Davenport leads the team with 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while sophomore Mike Saunders Jr. is adding 8.8 points off the bench. The Bearcats have come away with a win in each of their last seven home games against SMU.
What you need to know about SMU
SMU comes into this game as one of the hottest teams in the conference, having won eight consecutive games. The Mustangs improved to 2-0 in AAC play with a 72-60 win over UCF on Sunday. Star guard Kendric Davis, who is expected to be the AAC Player of the Year, poured in 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists.
Davis is averaging 21.5 points, 5.4 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. He leads an SMU team that has now covered the spread in six straight games. The Mustangs are lighting it up from the perimeter, knocking down 37.1 percent of their attempts from the 3-point arc.
How to make Cincinnati vs. SMU picks
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