College Basketball Odds, Picks, Predictions for Georgia vs. Cincinnati: How to Bet on Total
Carmen Mandato/Getty Images. Pictured: Tom Crean.
- Cincinnati takes on Georgia after blowing out Evansville in its opening game.
- Meanwhile, the Bulldogs and Tom Crean are coming off a seven-point win over FIU.
- D.J. James breaks down where the edge lies in this non-conference affair.
Georgia vs. Cincinnati Odds
-112o / -108u
-112o / -108u
The 2021-22 season will be difficult for both the Georgia Bulldogs and the Cincinnati Bearcats. At least both of these schools have football because it could be sloppy on the hardwood.
Georgia looks like a bottom-tier SEC team, while Cincinnati is expected to finish in the middle of the AAC. Neither made the NCAA Tournament last season, and that is a probable outcome for this season, as well.
Georgia doesn't return anyone from last year’s lineup, while Cincinnati had some standard roster turnover.
These teams usually like to push the pace, so we'll look to the total to grab some value.
Georgia will remain in a rebuild under head coach Tom Crean. Its entire rotation consists of transfers or freshmen, so cohesiveness is going to be an issue, at least early in the season.
The Bulldogs had a tough matchup somehow with Florida International in their first game, winning just 58-51. Christian Wright (three-star recruit) is the only freshman who saw major minutes.
Otherwise transfers, Aaron Cook (Gonzaga), Noah Baumann (USC), Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Virginia), Dalen Ridgnal (JUCO), Braelen Bridges (UIC), Jailyn Ingram (Florida Atlantic) and Kario Oquendo (JUCO), got the bulk of the minutes.
Even though FIU ranks amongst the worst KenPom teams in all of college basketball (308th), Georgia went 3-of-15 from 3-point range but won the rebounding battle.
Yes, positive regression will come down the pipeline from downtown, but this was not a strong start. The Bulldogs also had 15 turnovers to FIU’s 16.
It will be hard to gauge with an entirely new roster, but Tom Crean always runs a fast-paced game. Georgia's tempo has gotten progressively quicker as his tenure has gone on.
The efficiency for the Bulldogs will come if they can hit more 3-point shots.
Cincinnati is a similar story. The Bearcats had a low-scoring affair in their season opener (a 65-43 win over Evansville), but they had far less roster turnover and ran at the 66th-adjusted tempo last season, according to KenPom. Expect more of the same this year.
Keith Williams, Tari Eason, Chris Vogt and Zach Harvey transferred out of the program. David DeJulius is back to anchor the offense at point guard, while Jeremiah Davenport can manage one of the blocks. Mika Adams-Woods is also back.
Cincinnati had plenty of transfers come in through the portal, as well. Hayden Koval, A.J. McGinnis and Jarrett Hensley all came from UNC Greensboro. John Newman III (Clemson), Abdul Ado (Mississippi State) and Ody Oguama (Wake Forest) also joined the squad.
Cincinnati's only freshman, Mason Madsen, played for 16 minutes, providing nine points and five boards on Tuesday night.
The Bearcats nabbed 41 boards in that game, which could help overcome an issue they had last season. They also only turned the ball over nine times after ranking 258th in that category last season.
Cincinnati still lacks a 3-point shooter outside of Davenport, who shot 37.8% from beyond the arc last season. This could cause some issues with the betting the total, but DeJulius will keep the offense flowing.
Georgia vs. Cincinnati Betting Pick
Neither team has a stellar defense in this matchup, and both usually have short offensive possessions. This all leans to the over.
Georgia will struggle to look complete until it has more games played together. Crean will still keep the pace moving, as will Bearcats' coach Wes Miller. If turnovers play a factor for either team, that could also push this total over.
Take the over at 138.5 and play it to 142.