Fargo's 10* NCAA FRIDAY ENFORCER (HUGE 31-22 RUN): It has been a FANTASTIC college hoops season for Fargo and his clients but we are FAR FROM DONE! Currently Matt is on a BLAZING 31-22 ATS CBB run and Friday features another STRONG NCAA Tournament card! Among the WINNERS is his 10* Enforcer that sets up perfectly for one side to lay an ABSOLUTE BEATDOWN! It goes early so get it now!
Game: Texas at Cincinnati Mar 16 2012 12:15PM
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: Cincinnati made a very nice run in the Big East Tournament as it took out Georgetown in double overtime and then handed Syracuse just its second loss of the season before running out of gas against Louisville in the championship game. The Bearcats had 10 losses this season but half of those came by three points or fewer or in overtime. A bad loss against rival Xavier where a brawl took place seemed to bring this team together and made them stronger and they believe they can beat anyone in the tournament. Texas is the 11th seed in the East Regional and that seeding shows that the Longhorns were no lock to make the Big Dance. Branded with a 9-9 conference record and only three signature wins, Texas had to come up with an upset over Iowa St. in the Big XII Tournament to catch the selection committees' attention. They were soundly defeated by eventual champion Missouri and while they have had numerous close losses, I am not buying this team in this venue as the lack of experience is huge. Cincinnati starting utilizing a four-guard offense and that is when it really started to take off. While Texas may think it will have a sizable edge inside, that won't be the case as the Bearcats are an excellent offensive rebounding team, an area in which this Texas team has improved but remains vulnerable. The Longhorns faced a similar four-guard offense three times when they played Missouri and lost all three games including both games not played in Austin by double-digits. Texas struggled to stay afloat in the Big XII, finishing .500 with no wins against top-25 teams. It was definitely considered a rebuilding season for the Longhorns and even though it is in the tournament, this is considered one of the worse teams in Austin in a long time as during head coach Rick Barnes' first 13 seasons as Texas coach, the Longhorns had never been lower than an eighth seed. Cincinnati has covered four straight tournament games as a favorite of fewer than seven points. 10* (842) Cincinnati Bearcats