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Watch Cincinnati Bearcats vs Georgia Bulldogs: NCAA Men’s Basketball Game Time, Live Stream, Tickets Info and, Match Preview

Cincinnati Bearcats vs Georgia Bulldogs

The Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0) will look to continue the strong play they showed in the opener when the Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) come to town. The two teams squared off against each other last season but there will be no similarities on either side when the ball is tipped Saturday at 7pm on ESPN+.

To say that the start of the Wes Miller era was anything but a success would be greatly discounting what happened on the court Tuesday night. The main thing that stuck out to me was the defensive energy, the tireless contesting at the rim and the overall joy of the players as they shut down Evansville 65-43. It was the effort of the players and the encouragement by their coach that made the mistakes unnoticeable and the positives pronounced. It was the Bearcat basketball of old that engaged a fanbase chomping at the bit to return to Fifth Third Arena and cheer on their team. Chad had more on the win in his Bytes following the game.

How to watch Georgia vs. Cincinnati

When: Saturday, November 13th, 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, OH
TV: Watch Free With Fubo TV
Where to stream online: Watch Free With Fubo TV
Live updates and stats: At DraftKings Sportsbook

Odds

Spread: Cincinnati -9.5
Total: 137

The Pick

Under 137

Plenty of signs point to a Bearcats victory, but 9.5 is too many points, so we’ll side with the under in this spot. Georgia is filled with freshmen and transfers, so they could struggle out of the gate especially offensively as we saw against FIU when they turned the ball over 15 times and did a lot of their damage from the free throw line.

Just as quickly as the opener came and went, Wes was already excited for the next opportunity to get on the court. This Saturday the opponent has a brand name that might be more respected to the casual college basketball fan but there is no doubt this will be a unique game. The Bearcats travelled to Georgia last season to face the Bulldogs in a chance to get their season back on track. Instead Cincinnati was handed its ugliest loss of the year up to that point in a game where Tom Crean’s squad put on a layup line clinic and the Bearcats went 5/29 from long range in the 83-68 loss. Leading up to Saturday, Wes Miller shouldn’t look at much of that tape because almost no one from that Georgia team will be there this year.

Every starter has moved on or is unavailable for Georgia and this is about as randomly of a put together team as you can get. A couple returners, a true freshman who has some promise, JUCO transfers and a bunch of transfer portal finds make up a roster that was trailing FIU at halftime in their season opener before pulling out a low scoring win. The name on the front of the jersey will still be of significance and the result from last season will get David DeJuliusJeremiah DavenportMika Adams-WoodsMikey Saunders and Mason Madsen excited for revenge.

Game 2 of the Wes Miller era still carries the same intrigue of the Evansville game because instead of wondering who will be good on this team, everyone is thinking how good can this team be. Georgia is the next chance to showcase that. Let’s take a closer look at the Bulldogs.

As mentioned above, the Georgia Bulldogs experienced a turnover that is incomparable to most teams in the country. Sahvir Wheeler is now at Kentucky, Toumani Camara is at Dayton, Justin Kier is at Arizona, Tye Fagan is at Ole Miss, Christian Brown is at Tennessee St and Mikal Starks is at Portland State. To make matters worse, the only projected returning starter PJ Horne got injured in the preseason and is out for the year. This means that the 2021-22 version of the Bulldogs is absolutely nothing like the team that finished 14-12 with wins over Kentucky, Auburn and LSU a season ago.

So what does this year’s group look like? Time will tell but for starters they were picked to finish last in the SEC and struggled to beat FIU who was picked to finish at the bottom of Conference USA. Georgia also lost to Charlotte 76-65 in a charity exhibition game in October so there is not much to really measure up what to expect from a brand new team with new players at every position. KenPom projects them to finish 10-20 on the season and has them ranked as the 164th team in the country. Let’s take a look at the roster.   

There is not much more value for a player other than playing at Gonzaga for a season under Mark Few. Especially last year’s team which was one of the best offensive teams in college basketball history. He had a small role then but this season he is asked to do much more like he did earlier in his career at Southern Illinois. He led Georgia with 10 points and 8 assists against FIU and could have had more if his teammates would have finished. He went 1/3 from deep in the game and has been known to get a steal or two on the defensive end. Mika Adams-Woods and Mikey Saunders should be all over Cook to force turnovers like the 4 he had in the opener.

Bridges is the big man for the Bulldogs and was KenPom’s MVP in their season opening win. This probably had a lot to do with the 4 offensive rebounds that he pulled down to go with 9 points. He notched a double-double in Georgia’s exhibition win against Morehouse with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. The former JUCO transfer and UIC Flame should have his hands full with the rotation of bigs that the Bearcats have starting with Abdul Ado.

Oguendo has shown some real athleticism coming over from the JUCO ranks. He has yet to really show his 3pt touch yet in his time as a Bulldog but finished strong against FIU to secure the win. He had 9 points but was 3/7 from the foul stripe. I expect David DeJulius to be on him and have a great game.

Ingram could end up being the best player for Georgia by the end of the season with his inside and outside game. He was lights out from deep at FAU last year but went 0/1 in the opener scoring 6 points and grabbing 6 boards. He led the team in scoring during the Charlotte exhibition with 19 points and should draw the assignment of either Jeremiah Davenport or John Newman III. I like the Bearcats chances either way.

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