Cincinnati men’s basketball giving bettors an opportunity to profit

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Cincinnati Bearcats guard Jeremiah Davenport (24) plays during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Houston, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

The Cincinnati Bearcats have been pretty solid this year with a 15-8 record. Four of those losses have been to teams that are currently ranked in the Top 25.

Not only are they having a successful season on the court, but the Bearcats have been pretty good when it comes to gambling on them as well.

They are 15-7 against the spread, which is the best among all the teams in the American Athletic Conference. UC has covered in three of its past four games.

While they have done a great job of covering, when it comes to the O/U the Bearcats have been a little more all over the place.

They are 10-12 O/U on the season, but the under has hit in seven of their last 10 games.

In the preseason, the Bearcats started as a +40000 long shot to win the national championship and they remain at that number at FanDuel Sportsbook. It is highly unlikely that the Bearcats cut down the nets in April.

Even on a conference level, Cincinnati is +25000 to win the AAC regular season title. This bet might be a little more intriguing, as the Bearcats did just give conference leader No. 3 Houston all it wanted on its home court, losing 75-69 as a 14-point underdog. If Cincinnati can take on a Houston team that is capable of winning it all, then this bet might just be the long-shot win you’re looking for. But the Bearcats are three games behind the Cougars with just eight to play, and three other teams are ahead of UC as well.

When it comes to betting on Cincinnati to win a game, the free-throw line numbers to keep an eye on. The Bearcats shoot only 68.5% on FT, which ranks 270th in all of college basketball, and they are No. 348 nationally on number of free-throw attempts per field-goal attempt according to KenPom.com, a measure of how often they get to the line. Making the problem worse is some bad luck — their opponents have shot a collective 74.8% from the line, meaning Cincinnati routinely gives up a deficit at the line.

If the Bearcats can reverse that trend, they are worth betting on down the stretch as they look to remain a team that performs well against the spread.

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