New Mexico Lobos vs. Cincinnati Bearcats
Tip-off: Thursday, December 27, 2012 – 9:00 PM ET
Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, OH
The Cincinnati Bearcats had a difficult time getting past a weaker opponent over the weekend however now this college basketball team remains among the ranks of the unbeaten.
YouWager experts can’t say the same about the New Mexico Lobos, which dropped out of the Top 25 after suffering their first defeat.
Tonight, in their final game before opening Big East play, the No. 8 Cincinnati will try to keep things going against the visiting New Mexico team as these programs meet for the first time.
Close to opening 13-0 for just the sixth time in school history, the Bearcats got all they could deal with Saturday in a 68-58 victory over the Wright State Raiders.
After shooting a season-low 32.8 percent in a 60-45 victory over the Xavier Musketeers on Dec. 19, Cincinnati shot 38.2 percent versus Wright State and trailed by six at halftime before storming back over the final 20 minutes.
Sean Kilpatrick, fourth in the conference with 19.2 points per game, and Cashmere Wright were limited to season lows of 12 and six, each. Fellow guard JaQuon Parker, though, stepped up to score 16 of his season high-tying 21 points in the second half.
Online sports betting experts believe Cincinnati should be in for another difficult test against a New Mexico team that figures to be up for tonight’s showdown.
The Lobos (12-1) had outrebounded teams by an average of 5.3 boards and limited them to 40.1 percent from the field in opening 12-0 before losing 70-65 to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Saturday.
South Dakota State shot 48.0 percent and held a 36-28 rebounding edge over New Mexico, who entered that game ranked 16th in the country however weren’t included in Monday’s poll.
The Lobos, who beat then-No. 21 Connecticut Huskies 66-60 in the Paradise Jam championship game Nov. 19, have won five of their last six games against ranked rivals.
New Mexico has gone 5-2 in such games away from home dating to 2010, even when all of those college basketball games came against Mountain West teams.
In the mean time, the Bearcats have outscored rivals by an average of 20.0 points during a 13-game winning streak at Fifth Third Arena.