It will be a battle between AAC opponents when the No. 22 Memphis Tigers (13-3, 2-1 AAC) welcome the Cincinnati Bearcats (10-6, 3-1 AAC) to FedExForum. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020, and will air on ESPN.
Cincinnati Bearcats at Memphis Tigers ATS Prediction
In the Bearcats’ last contest, they defeated the UCF Knights, 68-54. The Bearcats had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 37.0 (above their season average of 31.4) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.556 (above their season average of 0.503). Cincinnati was led by Tre Scott, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers were victorious over the South Florida Bulls in their last matchup, 68-64. The Tigers held the Bulls to an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.0 (below their season average of 33.4) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.607 (above their season average of 0.516). Precious Achiuwa led Memphis in scoring with 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field.
After the Bearcats won both games against the Tigers last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the last contest, Cincinnati won 71-69. The Bearcats had a much better free throw rate (0.404 vs. 0.125) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (40.0 vs. 24.1).
Memphis figures to have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Tigers rank third in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.406), while Cincinnati is 153rd in effective field goal percentage (0.507). Additionally, the Bearcats rank 286th in turnover percentage (21.1 percent), while the Tigers rank 53rd in opponents’ turnover percentage (22.8 percent).
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Memphis Tigers Odds Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Memphis, O/U – Over
Memphis ranks 25th in steals per game (8.9) while Cincinnati ranks 141st (6.3).
The Tigers average 6.9 blocks per game, which ranks second in the country. The Bearcats rank 100th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
Memphis ranks fifth in rebounds per game (42.3) while Cincinnati ranks 75th in rebounds allowed per game (33.3).
The Bearcats rank 199th in three pointers attempted per game (20.1) while the Tigers rank 228th (18.9).
Memphis averages 14.9 assists per game, which ranks 52nd in the nation. Cincinnati ranks 71st in assists allowed per game (11.5).
The Bearcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.8, up from 7.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 75.6 points per game (2.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.6 points per game (3.4 above their season average).