Cincinnati Basketball: Preview for the Bearcats battle with Florida Gulf Coast

Cincinnati Bearcats blow past Detroit Mercy Titans at Fifth Third Arena.
Cincinnati Bearcats blow past Detroit Mercy Titans at Fifth Third Arena. /
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Make sure to preview the Cincinnati Bearcats game against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles with the most recent odds and players to watch prior to tip off!

Players to watch include Cincinnati backcourt Jizzle James and DaVeon Thomas, plus frontcourt trio Aziz Bandaogo, Viktor Lakhin and Daniel Skillings Jr.

The Bearcats opened as 15.5-point favorites against Florida Gulf Coast and the over/under is projected at 140.5 total points according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Wes Miller’s team should be able to secure a seventh straight win but Florida Gulf Coast’s backcourt could present a legitimate challenge on Sunday afternoon.

Cincinnati Basketball: Preview for the Bearcats battle with Florida Gulf Coast

  • Date: Sunday, December 3 at 1:00 PM
  • Location: Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati
  • Series History: First ever meeting
  • TV Broadcast: ESPN+ and fuboTV

Coming off an overtime win over the Howard Bison, Cincinnati returns to the court with an opportunity to improve to 7-0 to open the first Big 12 campaign!

Skillings posted 16 points, six rebounds and two steals in the recent win over Howard and should contribute on a consistent basis going forward.

The Bearcats must make sure to contain Florida Gulf Coast point guard Isaiah Thompson, who enters the day averaging a team-high 14.0 points per game.

Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats look to stay unbeaten against Florida Gulf Coast

Bandaogo has made an instant impact since being cleared to play last month, putting up 12 points and five rebounds to help the Bearcats outlast Howard.

Even though it’s early in the season, Cincinnati was able to display their ability to play at a high level on both ends of the floor against a quality opponent.

Florida Gulf Coast competed in road trips to Indiana and Pittsburgh but came up short in both, and most recently took down Florida International this week.

There is still plenty of room for improvement moving forward but it seems like the program is continuing to make progress with Big 12 play around the corner!

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