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Cincinnati Bearcats vs. BYU Prediction 1/6/2024

The Cincinnati Bearcats (11-2) travel to face off against the BYU Cougars (12-1) on Saturday, January 6th. This game will be played at Marriott Center in Provo and televised on ESPN2. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs BYU Cougars

The Cincinnati Bearcats Are Coming Off A Win

Heading into today’s matchup, Cincinnati is the underdog, with a record of 11-2. They have won their last three games and are 1-2 on the road this season.

In their last game, the Bearcats took on Evansville and came away with a 76-58 win. Over their last ten road games, Cincinnati is just 3-7.

So far this season, Cincinnati has an ATS record of 5-8. On the road, their ATS mark is 0-3. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bearcats have gone 4-6 vs. the spread. In their last 3 games as the underdog, Cincinnati is 0-3 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for Cincinnati games is 8-5. Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (146.7). Currently, their average scoring total is 147.9 points per game. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 134 points.

The BYU Cougars Are Coming Off A Win

BYU comes into today’s game as the heavy favorite, favored by 10.5 points. So far this season, the Cougars have gone 12-1 and have won their last four games. In their last game, BYU took on Wyoming and won by a score of 94-68. At home this season, the Cougars are a perfect 10-0 and have an average scoring margin of +32.2 points per game.

Over their last ten games at home, BYU is a perfect 10-0. So far this season, the Cougars have been favored in all 13 of their games and have gone 12-1 in those contests. In their last three games at home, BYU has gone 3-0.

BYU has been one of the best teams against the spread this season, going 11-2. They have also been strong at home with a 9-1 ATS mark. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars are 8-2 vs. the spread.

BYU’s over/under record for the season sits at 5-8, and today’s line of 152.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (151.5). So far, 6 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 153 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-6.

Cincinnati Offense Breakdown

In their recent matchup, the Cincinnati offense ended with 76 points against Evansville. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 39.1% and made 12 threes. John Newman III led the scoring for the Bearcats, contributing 16 points. Additionally, Simas Lukosius chipped in with 15 points.

Viktor Lakhin (F) 13.6 8.5 2.3
Day Day Thomas (G) 11.4 2.5 3.0
Daniel Skillings (G) 11.2 6.6 1.5

BYU Offense Breakdown

The BYU offense is coming off a game in which they scored 94 points vs. Wyoming. Overall their field goal percentage was 53.4% while connecting on 14 threes. In terms of three-point shooting, the Cougars offense has been good from outside, hitting 38% of their three-pointers on an average of 33.8 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 49%.

Jaxson Robinson (G) 16.0 2.8 1.4
Trevin Knell (G) 11.8 4.0 1.9
Noah Waterman (F) 11.8 6.6 1.0

Cincinnati Team Defense

So far, the Bearcats’ defense is ranked 61st in the country at 65.8 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.4 threes per game vs. BYU. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.8%.

BYU Team Defense

At this time, the Cougars’ defense is positioned 12th in the country, permitting 61.5 points per game. Against Wyoming in their most recent game, the BYU defense gave up a total of 68 points while allowing Wyoming to hit 53% of their shots.

Bearcats vs Cougars Trends

  • Across the Bearcats last ten road games, the team averaged 73 points per game while allowing 77. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 3-7, while going 3-7 straight-up.
  • When looking at their past five home matchups, BYU has an ATS record of 3-1-1 while averaging 74 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
  • Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Bearcats have gone 4-6 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-9.
  • The Cougars have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.

Bearcats vs Cougars Prediction

The Bearcats come in as the underdog at +10.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 152.5, and our model predicts the Bearcats and Cougars to score a combined 143 points. We recommend betting on the under.

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