Cincinnati Bearcats at Wichita State Shockers

Cincinnati Bearcats at Wichita State Shockers odds

Cincinnati Bearcats Preview

The Cincinnati Bearcats will play the rest of the season without Valparaiso graduate transfer center Jaume “Jay” Sorolla, who left the program Tuesday and returned to his native country of Spain to pursue a professional career. The 7-foot, 260-pound Sorolla played in 15 games this season for, averaging 3.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game.

Cincinnati, on a four-game winning streak, is coming off an upset of then-No. 20 Houston at home, a game in which the Bearcats held the Cougars to only one made field goal in the last 11:30. Jarron Cumberland scored a season-best 28 points against Houston to move into ninth place on the school’s career scoring list with 1,648 points.

Wichita State Shockers Preview

After putting together a nine-game winning streak, the Wichita State Shockers have lost three of their past five games, including a 54-51 buzzer-beating defeat at Tulsa on Saturday. Wichita State hasn’t beaten Cincinnati in its past four attempts. The Shockers’ most recent win in the series came Feb. 18, 2018, on the road. The most recent home win over the Bearcats was Dec. 5, 1981.

After the loss to Tulsa, sophomore guard Dexter Dennis addressed his teammates to remind them that last season the Shockers put together a late-season run. They won 14 of 18 games and reached the NIT semifinals after starting 8-11. Dexter is struggling, shooting 28.9 percent from the field while averaging 7.7 points a game, but coach Gregg Marshall is impressed by his maturity.