For the first time after the brutal scene at the Cintas Center last weekend, the Cincinnati Bearcats will take the court in what might be a very surprisingly good game against the Wright State Raiders in NCAA basketball betting action on Wednesday night.
The brawl against the Xavier Musketeers really couldn’t have come at a worse time, as a team that is just 5-3 is closing out one of its easiest stretches of the season before the brutal Big East schedule gets started. Unless this team can truly band together without the four suspended players, there’s a good chance that this team will miss out on the postseason all together after being a Top 25 caliber team in the eyes of a number of voters at the outset of the year. Three of the players that were suspended were regulars off of the bench, but the one that really hurts is that of Yancy Gates. Gates is tied for second on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game, and he is one of the four players that are good for more than four points on the average night. He is also the team’s top rebounder with 9.5 boards per game, and two of the likely candidates to replace him are also suspended in Cheikh Mbodj and Octavius Ellis. Considering the fact that this team has already been beaten by the Marshall Thundering Herd and Presbyterian Blue Hose at home, going on the road against virtually anyone in the land with half of a team is a dangerous proposition.
Normally speaking, the Raiders have a team that has the ability to compete in the Horizon League, but this year doesn’t look so great with the squad off to a 4-6 start to the campaign. Though a lot of players for Cincinnati are out on Wednesday, this is still a team that plays tremendous defense and finds ways to slow the game down to a crawl. Wright State is only averaging 55.2 points per game, and it is shooting just 36.9 percent from the field. Both marks rank an absolutely woeful No. 334 in the nation. The squad only scored 34 on the road against the Air Force Falcons last week, marking the third time this year in which they failed to score more than 43 in a game. Julius Mays is the only man who is scoring more than eight points per game, and his 10.2 scoring average isn’t nearly what most teams are expecting from their top scorer.
Cincinnati Bearcats @ Wright State Raiders Keys: Wright State does rotate a slew of guys in and out of the game on a regular basis. There could be as many as nine or 10 players that see at least a dozen minutes of action for the Raiders. However, Cincinnati’s bench is obviously going to be quite short. The Bearcats need to keep this game as slow as possible to limit possessions. The Cats are clearly still the more talented side, but they are also a side that can be had, especially on the road.
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