Against The Spread Pick
Both teams look to be in the regular-season conference title mix this season in the American Athletic Conference. The SMU Mustangs are in a three-way tie with Wichita State and Cincinnati for 3rd place in the conference with a conference record of 5-2 and an overall record of 15-4. SMU enters this game on a three-game winning streak, which includes a 74-70 road win over Memphis on Saturday. They will look to extend the winning streak to four games when they travel to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Bearcats enter this game with a record of 12-7, which includes a 5-2 conference record. Cincinnati has also won their previous two games and four of their last five, which includes an 89-82 road win over Temple last Wednesday. This match-up should be a tightly contested game, which is why the spread is surprising. I look for the SMU Mustangs +6.5 points to be one of the better plays on Tuesday.
Over Under Pick
The Mustangs have been the better team offensively this season compared to Cincinnati. SMU enters this game averaging 76.53 points per game, while Cincinnati is averaging 73.05. Defensively, the Mustangs enter this game allowing 67.26 points per game, which ranks 124th in the nation. Meanwhile, the Bearcats are limiting opponents to 66 points per game, which is one of the lowest averages in the conference. With both teams being above-average defensively, the under 139.5 points looks to be the smart play in this game.