Cincinnati Bearcats (12-3) vs. Baylor Bears (13-2)
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Baylor Bears 1/13/24 – As the NCAA Men’s Basketball season continues to deliver thrilling matches, an exciting encounter is on the horizon. The Cincinnati Bearcats, standing at an impressive 12-3, are set to face off against the formidable Baylor Bears, who boast a 13-2 record. This high-stakes match, scheduled for Saturday is not just a clash of talents but a showcase of strategic basketball prowess. Fans eagerly anticipating this showdown will find detailed NCAAB game previews essential in understanding the dynamics of this upcoming game.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have displayed outstanding performances this season. On offense, their offense averages 80.7 points per game with a 45.6% field goal percentage; their three-point game boasts an 8.1 made per game at 35.6 success rate; their free throw percentage stands at 68.5% however; defensively they excel with 43.3 rebounds per game proving their dominance on the glass; these statistics not only demonstrate their strengths but also identify areas that Baylor Bears could exploit.
Baylor Bears have been an offensive powerhouse this season, scoring an astounding average of 87.7 points per game on average. Their shooting accuracy has been exceptional with 51.2 field goal percentage and 43.3% from beyond the arc; furthermore they convert free throws with ease (73.3%) giving them an edge against tight encounters. Though their rebound numbers do not directly compare with Bearcats (36.1 per game), their defensive-offensive balance could prove instrumental against Bearcats.
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Baylor Bears 1/13/24 Game Info
|Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET
Viktor Lakhin (Forward) vs. Ja’Kobe Walter (Guard)
Viktor Lakhin has been an essential piece of Cincinnati’s success. Averaging 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, his influence can be felt both ends of the court. Furthermore, his versatility has been shown with 1 block per game (1 per game against Baylor) and 1.5 turnovers per game; both areas which Baylor may exploit.
Ja’Kobe Walter of Baylor has been outstanding, averaging 15.3 points per game while shooting 40% from three-point range and notching an impressive 1.2 steals average to disrupt Cincinnati’s offense. Unfortunately though, Walter’s lower rebounding average of only 4.2 can lessen his impact in the paint.
Lakhin and Walter match-up pits Cincinnati’s inside strength against Baylor’s perimeter shooting. Lakhin will play an instrumental role for Cincinnati, while Walter’s agility and shooting prowess may be the deciding factor.
NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds are still to be determined for this game. However, based on current trends and team performances, bettors will be closely watching the spread and moneyline as they become available.
Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Trends
Cincinnati has recently struggled to cover the spread in their last five games (1-4 against it in their last 5), despite having an impressive win-loss record and strong road game performance. Their home totals often went over (6 out of 11 times), possibly suggesting their offense is more effective there.
Baylor Bears Betting Trends
Baylor has shown promising betting trends over its last five games against the spread, going 4-1 against it overall and with four straight victories at home against the spread and three road victories (2-3 against it). Their totals have often exceeded in home matches recently indicating high scoring matches.
Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Baylor Bears 1/13/24 Betting Picks
Considering the statistical analysis and betting trends, this matchup is poised to be a close contest. While Baylor seems to have the edge in terms of offensive efficiency and shooting accuracy, Cincinnati’s rebounding ability and defensive strength cannot be underestimated.
In terms of betting, Baylor might appear as the safer pick, especially with their recent form against the spread. However, the unpredictability of college basketball, especially in such closely matched contests, suggests that Cincinnati could upset the odds. Prop bets on individual player performances, particularly on Viktor Lakhin’s rebounds and Ja’Kobe Walter’s points, could be intriguing. For the over/under, given both teams’ scoring abilities, a bet on the over might be worth considering. In this high-stakes NCAAB game, multi-expert premium selections would likely favor Baylor, but don’t discount Cincinnati’s potential for an upset.
Free Pick and Prediction: Baylor Bears 82, Cincinnati Bearcats 78