Cincinnati Basketball: Preview for the Bearcats upcoming battle with Dayton

Cincinnati Bearcats guard CJ Fredrick during game against the Bryant Bulldogs
Cincinnati Bearcats guard CJ Fredrick during game against the Bryant Bulldogs / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Make sure to preview the Cincinnati Bearcats battle against the Dayton Flyers including the latest pregame odds and players to watch!

Players to watch include Cincinnati backcourt CJ Fredrick, Jizzle James and DaVeon Thomas, plus centers Aziz Bandaogo and Viktor Lakhin.

The Bearcats are 4.5-point favorites over Dayton with the over/under currently projected at 138.5 total points according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Wes Miller's team must contain Dayton forward DaRon Holmes II, who scores a team-high 16.3 points and 6.9 rebounds in nine games this year.

Cincinnati Basketball: Preview for Bearcats battle with Dayton

Cincinnati is expected to pick up a quality victory over Dayton but it should be close as the in-state opponents meet for the first time since 2010.

Dating back to the first meeting that took place over a century ago, the Bearcats played Dayton third-most of any opponent in program history.

In addition to avoiding a slow start, it could be important for Cincinnati to find a rhythm from the perimeter and slow down Dayton's offense.

The most recent matchup between the former conference rivals was in 2010 as the Bearcats remained unbeaten with a victory over Dayton.

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