No. 11 Wichita State Hosts No. 10 Cincinnati in Intriguing AAC Regular Season Conference Finale
The 11th-ranked Wichita State Shockers will host the 10th-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats in an intriguing AAC regular season finale that will undoubtedly reveal a lot about both legitimate national championship title hopefuls. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their college basketball betting odds when this game goes down live on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bearcats Vs Wichita State Shockers Final Score Prediction
No. 10 Cincinnati Bearcats (25-4) at No. 11 Wichita State Shockers (23-5)
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When: Sun. Mar 4, 2018 11:00 AM ET
Where: Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, KS
Stream: CBS Sports
Cincinnati has won two straight and comes into this contest off a 82-74 win over Tulsa on Sunday. Gary Clark led a 24-4 run that put the Bearcats ahead to stay early in the second half and help the Bearcats hold on for the win to maintain their one-game lead in the American Athletic Conference heading into their finale. Clark overcame a slow start after picking up two fouls and playing only eight minutes in the opening half, when he had two points. His dunk started the go-ahead surge, and he had eight during the spurt overall.
"It’s frustrating, but the guys we have were holding it down while I was sitting down," Clark said.
With the win, Cincinnati remained just ahead of No. 11 Wichita State in the race for the regular-season title. The Bearcats rank second in the nation in points allowed (57.5 ppg) and an identical second in defensive field goal percentage (37.2%). Cincinnati has held six teams to less than 50 points this season, including Central Florida whom they held to a mind-boggling 40 points in early February.
Wichita State has won six straight and eight of their last nine games including their 84-78 win over SMU on Saturday. Markis McDuffie scored a season-high 26 points off the bench, including nine during the first four minutes of the second half to lead No. 11 Wichita State to victory. McDuffie, a junior forward, led Wichita State in scoring last season but missed this season’s first 11 games because of a stress fracture. He has been a reserve for the most part since returning.
"I feel like I’m back to myself now in terms of airing everything out and playing the game," McDuffie said.
The Shockers are ranked a stellar 16th in scoring (84.2 ppg) and limit the opposition to 71.1 points per game defensively. Wichita State has four players averaging double figures in scoring and a whopping five more that each average at least 5.1 points per contest.
Cincinnati Vs Wichita State Final Score Prediction
I think a lot of people have forgotten that Wichita State entered the regular season as one of the top favorites to win the national championship, but right about now, they are most definitely reminding everyone of that fact as they play their best basketball of the season.
The Bearcats will be looking for revenge for their 76-72 home loss against the Shockers on Feb. 18, but I don’t see them getting it simply because Wichita State is playing with renewed confidence and simply has too many players that can score in bunches.
I know the Bearcats are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss and that the Shockers are just 1-3 ATS in their last four games overall, but right now, Wichita State has the look of a dangerous team that is going to be very difficult to dispatch once March Madness gets underway. The Shockers are the pick to get the narrow home win in this huge matchup.
Final Score Prediction: Wichita State 75 Cincinnati 70