Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Houston Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 2/19/14
Houston Cougars (12-13) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (20-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Southern Methodist Mustangs look to get back in the win column versus the Houston Cougars Wednesday.
Houston won't be cracking the top four in the AAC but the way they have played top dog Cincinnati I don't think the Bearcats want to see this team in the conference playoffs. UH fell to the Bearcats 73-62 on Saturday but this was a one point game at the break before the lead grew late. The Cougars burned one of the better defenses in the game for 53% shooting but were done in by 13 giveaways and 12 Cincy offensive pulls to give the 51% shooting home team ten more shots which was the decisive number. Donrad Knowles led a balanced UH attack with eleven points while TaShawn Thomas, Danuel House and LJ Rose netted ten points each.
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Despite Sunday's 71-64 defeat at Temple, Southern Methodist is still stting in third in the AAC. The problem this team faces in the final five games are named Connecticut, Louisville and Memphis so if they hold on to third it will be well earned. The bottom line was losing to struggling Temple was a lost opportunity versus a struggling squad especially when the Mustangs won the shooting battle 48%-39.6%. The Owls won with a 9-2 edge on three pointers that combined with seven more makes at the charity stripe where SMU was only 14-26. Marcus Kennedy shouldered the scoring with 18 points and five pulls with Nic Moore and Nick Russell netting 15 and ten points and combining for nine helpers.
Houston has given some of the bigger names in the conference some problems so I don't see this as a no brainer favoring Southern Methodist although the Cougars have struggled away from home...