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SMU vs. Memphis - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis Tigers (8-5) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (10-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Memphis Tigers and SMU Mustangs play Thursday night at the Moody Coliseum.

The Memphis Tigers have won five of their last six games and play their first true road game. On the season, Memphis is averaging 68.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting and is allowing 61.3 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Austin Nichols is averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds while Trashon Burrell is averaging 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. Shaq Goodwin is grabbing 6.7 rebounds and Pookie Powell is dishing out 3.8 assists. The Memphis Tigers are a quality defensive team that’s coming away with 7.5 blocks and has allowed 64 or less points in seven of their last 10 games. Offensively, Memphis is shooting 68.3 percent from the free throw line and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. Memphis has lost four of its last five road games last season.

SMU vs. Memphis - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SMU Mustangs have won eight of their last nine games and look for their second conference victory. On the season, SMU is averaging 69.9 points on 48.4 percent shooting and is allowing 60.3 points on 38.2 percent shooting. Nic Moore is averaging 14.6 points and 4.8 assists while Yanick Moreira is averaging 12.1 points and 6.4 rebounds. Keith Frazier is the third player averaging double-digit points and Ben Moore is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are a solid defensive team that’s allowed 61 or less points in eight of their last nine games and is allowing teams to shoot 31 percent from beyond the arc. Offensively, SMU is shooting 74 percent from the free throw line and 36.2 percent from downtown.

The Tigers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The Mustangs are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. American Athletic Conference. The Tigers are 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Southern Methodist and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall.

SMU is a very good basketball team that just went toe-to-toe with Cincinnati on the road. Memphis has yet to play a rea road game and doesn't have nearly enough offensively to hang with the Mustangs. Look for the Southern Methodist Mustangs to win this game by double digits. 

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Southern Methodist Mustangs -8

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