Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/14/14
Southern Methodist Mustangs (19-5) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-14)
College Basketball:Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Southern Methodist Mustangs head to the Louis Brown Athletic Center to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Southern Methodist has been riding a better then average defense with plenty of scoring to sit third in the AAC at 8-3 which is one game out of second. The Mustangs are riding high after handing Cincinnati their first conference loss by a 76-55 count on Saturday. SMU took a 14 point lead in to the break and never looked back with 54% from the floor putting up the points while holding the Bearcats to only 35%while forcing 18 turnovers. Nick Russell and Ben Moore led a balanced attack with 15 points each with eight pulls followed by Nic Moore with 14 while Cannen Cunningham tossed in eleven points.
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If Rutgers is to crack the top four of the AAC they need to finish the season with no more then one loss and hope everyone above them goes in to a season ending slide. Logically that doesn't look probable with the team in a sixth place tie at 4-7 although the numbers say there is a chance. The Scarlet Knights have won two of three after going to South Florida and coming away with a 79-69 victory. The visitors held an edge in most areas with 47% marksmanship trumping the Bulls 43% performance. Kadeem Jack went off for 31 points and six pulls on 9-14 shooting with Junior Etou next in line with 15 points and six yanks followed by a ten point, eight board effort from Wally Judge.
Southern Methodist has to be at the top of their game with four of their losses coming on the road. Road chalk is never a good thing with Rutgers undoubtably wanting the big upset but with all things being equal I'll give the visitors the nod...