South Florida Bulls vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/28/14
Southern Methodist Mustangs (16-4) at South Florida Bulls (10-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Sun Dome)
The Line: South Florida Bulls +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN News
The Southern Methodist Mustangs hope to survive the road when they face the South Florida Bulls.
The defense oriented Mustangs are competent offensively but they won't win the shootout with Louisville or some of the other big scoring teams in the AAC. SMU didn't have their best D on Sunday but the attack made it a non issue in a 75-68 decision at Houston. The Cougars did lead the shooting battle 47.8%-44% but the visitors forced 16 turnovers and turned 26 UH fouls in to a decisive 27-16 mark at the line. Nic Moore exploded for 28 points with Markus Kennedy tacking on 15 points and ten rebounds followed a ten point, six pull effort from Nick Russell.
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South Florida is probably in spoiler mode right now at 1-6 in the AAC which has ruined a decent start to the year. Not enough scoring and too much scoring by opponents accurately describes the problems this team has faced which continued in Sunday's 80-58 loss at Memphis. The deficit was 12 at the break with the Tigers continuing to press the issue until the final buzzer. USF sank shots at 34% with the home team countering with 49% with more threes and free throws overall. Martino Brock was the Bulls lone double digit scorer with 17 points and six yanks with Corey Allen Jr. and Javontae Hawkins combining for 16 points.
Southern Methodist is a decent sized road favorite which is scary for me because I hate chalk. Having said that sometimes the numbers just point to the team on the road and if the Mustangs play as they have then I'll back them...