If you are a fan of nasty, rugged and physical basketball, put on your helmet, those big old school shoulder pads because at 4:00 Eastern on ESPN, Wichita State and Cincinnati are going to tangle.
The Bearcats were just defeated for the first time in AAC action Thursday, falling at Houston 67-62 as two-point favorites. Cincinnati was outworked and outhustled by the Cougars and you know coach Mick Cronin has given his club an earful since.
Many of those making college basketball picks would have figured Wichita State was chomping at the bit to extract revenge on Tempe for an earlier loss, but the Shockers were shocking bad and trailed by 14 points at the half before deciding to play and eventually won 93-86 as 12.5-point favorites.
For this anticipated matchup, the college basketball odds have Cincinnati favored by six with a total of 141. Here is what to watch for.
With a veteran cast and a coach as good as Gregg Marshall, it seems peculiar Wichita State (20-5, 11-12 ATS) would be having an up and down season. It’s not like the Shockers have played poorly, but they have lacked the readiness to play from the beginning of games on at least on eight or nine occasions. That has cost them in every loss except against Notre Dame in Maui back in November.