Cincinnati at South Florida Betting Spread, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 14, 2017 in

The #18 Cincinnati Bearcats (22-3, 11-1 American) head south to Tampa to take on the Bulls of the University of South Florida (7-17, 1-12 American) in conference play. The Bearcats gave up a 29-11 run over the last 12 minutes to fall at SMU on Sunday afternoon, suffering their first loss in conference play. The Bulls won their first conference game on Saturday, knocking off East Carolina at home, 64-57. Here’s a closer look at the NCAAB betting prediction.

Cincinnati at South Florida Betting Spread, Pick & TV Info

When: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 PM ET
Where: USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Fla.
Stream: WatchESPN
RadioCincinnati / South Florida

Why should you bet on the Bearcats?

Cincinnati does come in with the much more impressive resume — just three losses on the year, and just one loss in conference play. Jacob Evans led the way for Cincinnati against SMU, posting 15 points. Gary Clark pulled down a dozen rebounds but was cold from the floor, going just 2 for 7. The Bearcats made 11 three-pointers but just six field goals inside the arc, struggling against an SMU defense that would pack the middle. I don’t see the Bulls playing defense at the same level as what SMU brought on Sunday.

Why should you put your money on the Bulls?

Cincinnati could come into USF Sun Dome with a big chip on their shoulder, but they could also show up in the throes of a letdown. It had been a long time since the Bearcats’ last loss, and they face a Bulls team with nothing to lose and that is riding high on the momentum of breaking through for the first time in conference play. Geno Thorpe was the hero for USF against East Carolina, scoring 22 points (including three three-balls), and he dished out eight assists. Tulio Da Silva chipped in 13 points, and the Bulls held East Carolina to 35.8 percent shooting on the night. Cincinnati shot just 25.9 percent in the second half against SMU — can the Bulls keep the cold streak going?

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Under Mick Cronin, Cincinnati does not have a reputation for holding up well under adversity. I see the Bulls opening up a lead to start this game — but I don’t see USF holding Cincinnati off at the end. I predict a final score of Cincinnati 64, USF 58.