Hollywood Sports' MOMENTUM MISMATCH: Frank Sawyer's Hollywood Sports split out with a 3-3 record in CBB action yesterday but he remains on a RED HOT 22 of 31 (71%) CBB run! Frank also enjoys a SIZZLING 42 of 62 (68%) march in the Big Dance going back to 2010! Frank spots an early game between two teams moving in the opposite direction. DON'T MISS this MISMATCH!
Game: Texas at Cincinnati Mar 16 2012 12:15PM
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: At 12:15 PM EST on Friday, we will be playing the Cincinnati Bearcats minus the points versus the Texas Longhorns in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Cincinnati (24-10) looks to be coming into their own after making it to the Finals of the Big East tournament last week. After their brawl with crosstown rival Xavier left the team undermanned, head coach Mike Cronin was forced to move to a guard-oriented lineup and the results may have bore out to make this team even better now in March. The Bearcats nailed the most number of 3-pointers in the Big East. This club does not turn the ball over. And Cincy continues to play tough defense under Cronin. They should take care of business in this spot. The Bearcats have covered 5 of their last 6 games as a favorite. Cincinnati has also covered 4 straight NCAA Tournament games as a favorite of under seven points. And in their last 6 games against teams with a winning percentage over 60%, the Bearcats have covered 5 of these games.
Texas (20-13) comes off an 81-67 loss to Missouri in the Big 12 tournament -- and they are just 1-4-1 ATS coming off a loss. This young team may not have the same intensity for this game as the battle-tested Bearcats have after their run through the rugged Big East tournament. The Longhorns are made up mostly of freshman. And while this is a talented team, none of these first-year players approach the talent of former Texas phenoms Kevin Durant or Jordan Hamilton. We also take note that Texas produced just a net Efficiency Margin of +0.01 Points-Per-Possession in Big 12 play. The Longhorns have also failed to cover the point spread in 6 of their last 7 games played on a neutral court. Look for Cincinnati's experience in the Big East regular season -- and then the tournament -- make the difference in this one. 20* CBB Momentum Mismatch with the Cincinnati Bearcats minus the points versus the Texas Longhorns. Best of luck for us -- Frank.