NCAA March Madness Betting: Texas Longhorns vs Cincinnati Bearcats Pick, Prediction, and Odds
On Friday afternoon, March 16th, we have an interesting match-up that will start off the second day of action in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. This game will be between the 6 seed in the East, the Cincinnati Bearcats, and the 11 seed in the Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns were a serious bubble team, and their win over Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament is probably wont locked up their spot for the dance this year. Cincinnati on the other hand had an interesting year, but it was capped by an incredible run to the Big East Championship game in which they eventually lost to Louisville, who is looking like one of the hottest teams in the country right now. When all is said and done though, the match-up between this 6 and 11 seed should make for one of the best round one games of the season, and one that sports bettors will definitely have their eye on.
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The Texas Longhorns have a history of sputtering in the NCAA Tournament after they get in, and they are hoping to avoid that this season. The issue is, that the expectations aren't very high right now for them, and even though they had a 20-13 record, and were 9-9 in a strong Big 12 conference; people are expecting the first round loss to a hot Cincinnati team. In order to win this match-up though they'll need J'Covan Brown to do what he does best, and that is score the ball consistently. The team is going to rely heavily on him, but he'll need some help from his supporting cast.
Cincinnati on the other hand was 24-10 this year, and posted a 12-6 conference record. They are a balanced team who struggled badly at the beginning of the year, losing games to Presbyterian and Marshall. Honestly until late in the season the Bearcats had a reason to worry about any NCAA Tournament chances this year. After a strong finish though, they come in as one of the more feared teams in college hoops.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Texas Longhorns: +2
- Cincinnati Bearcats: -2
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» Free Prediction
It's tough to go against this Bearcats team right now, especially as well as they are playing. This is exactly why I'm not going to. I think that Cincinnati is going to get the job done and keep their late season hot streak rolling. Cincinnati is talented and incredibly well-coached as well, and they could be a team to watch out for in the round of 32 and also potentially the Sweet 16 as well. I think that Texas keeps it interesting for the first half, but that the Bearcats take over in the second half to win it by five.
Prediction: Cincinnati Bearcats- 74 Texas Longhorns- 69
» Free Pick
I'm very surprised to see Cincinnati only being favored by -2 in this game. They seem not only have the talent to knock off Texas, but they are also riding the confidence that a team needs headng into the big dance to be able to make a nice run. I'm not only taking the Bearcats to win, but I'll be picking Cincinnati to cover the -2 as well.
Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats -2