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SMU vs. Santa Barbara - 12/8/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Santa Barbara Gauchos (4-3) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (5-3)

College Basketball: Monday, December 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The SMU Mustangs and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos face off on Monday in Dallas in college basketball action.

The SMU Mustangs are 5-3 this season but they have won their last three games in a row. SMU Is averaging 70.9 points and they are shooting 49.2 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.6 points and their opponents shoot 40.6 percent. Nic Moore leads the Mustangs averaging 15.8 points and 5.4 assists per game. Yanick Moreira is averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds, Ben Moore is averaging 10.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, and Keith Frazier is averaging 9.8 points. SMU has played the 16th ranked schedule in the nation and two of their losses came to teams ranked in the top 25.

SMU vs. Santa Barbara - 12/8/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The UCSB Gauchos are 4-3 this season but they have won four of their last five games. UC Santa Barbara is averaging 70 points and they are shooting 45.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 63.6 points and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent from the floor. Alana Williams is averaging 19.3 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. Michael Bryson is averaging 12 points, John Green is averaging 10.9 points, and Gabe Vincent is averaging 10 points. UCSB has played the 31st ranked schedule in the nation .

SMU Is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 11-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. US Santa Barbara is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 13-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record.

UCSB hasn’t won on the road and all of their wins have come against teams with a RPI over 150 so that is a lot working against he m here and I like what I have seen from SMU recently and they are my pick here. 

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SMU Mustangs -7.5

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