2018 NCAA Tournament: Nevada vs. Cincinnati Preview & Score Prediction

2018 NCAA Tournament: Nevada vs. Cincinnati Preview & Score Prediction

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2018 NCAA Tournament: Nevada vs. Cincinnati Preview & Score Prediction

Nevada vs. Cincinnati Preview & Score Prediction

Coming off a come from behind overtime win over Texas on Friday, the Wolf Pack will face off against Cincinnati in the Round of 32.

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#7 Nevada (28-7) vs. #2 Cincinnati (31-4) Game Preview

Game Info

Date: Sunday, March 18th
Tip-off: 3:10pm PT
Venue: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Radio:  94.5FM
TV/stream: CBS/NCAA.com/MarchMadness

Projected Nevada Lineup

G Hallice Cooke
G Kendall Stephens
G Jordan Caroline
F Cody Martin
F Caleb Martin

Projected Cincinnati Lineup

G Jarron Cumberland
G Jacob Evans
G Justin Jenifer
F Gary Clark
F Kyle Washington

Why Nevada Will Win

The Wolf Pack will win because they would have continued their hot shooting in the second half and overtime when they came from behind to defeat Texas on Friday. Nevada will win by pushing the ball and being aggressive without turning the ball over and breaking thru against a tough Bearcats defense.

Also, the Wolf Pack will win by attacking the Wolf Pack on the glass. Cincinnati is one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country so if the Bearcats miss a shot, the Wolf Pack will need to gang rebound and limit Cincy’s second chance opportunities.

If the Wolf Pack follow that game plan, then they will advance to the round of sixteen.

Why CINCINNATI  Will Win

The Bearcats will win by forcing the Wolf Pack to play their slow, grind it out game and putting the clamps on defense when defending Nevada’s shooters especially Kendall Stephens.

The Bearcats would like to slow the pace of the game and keep the scoring in the 50s and crash the glass and score on putbacks to overcome their mediocre offense (the Bearcats as a team shoot only 45 percent from the field this season) and score just enough to defeat the Wolf Pack.

Score Prediction

Nevada 68, Cincinnati 65

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