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SMU vs. East Carolina - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Carolina Pirates (8-9) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (13-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

The East Carolina Pirates and SMU Mustangs meet Saturday at the Moody Coliseum.

The East Carolina Pirates have split their last eight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, East Carolina is averaging 63.5 points on 41.3 percent shooting and is allowing 66.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting. B.J. Tyson is averaging 13.5 points and 4.4 rebounds while Terry Whisnant is averaging 12.8 points and 1.9 assists. Caleb White is the third player averaging double-digit points and Michel-Ofik Nzege is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The East Carolina Pirates have seven players averaging at least 5.7 points, and they’re shooting 68.6 percent from the line and 32.1 percent from downtown. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 28.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in eight straight games.

SMU vs. East Carolina - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SMU Mustangs have won three straight games and look for their fifth AAC victory. On the season, SMU is averaging 69.5 points on 49.1 percent shooting and is allowing 59.9 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Nic Moore is averaging 14.3 points and 4.9 assists while Yanick Moreira is averaging 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Keith Frazier is grabbing four rebounds and Markus Kennedy is shooting 60 percent from the field. The SMU Mustangs have eight players averaging at least 5.2 points, and they’re shooting 73.8 percent from the line and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, SMU is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 61 or less points in eight straight games.

The Pirates are 3-12-2 ATS in their last 17 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mustangs are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

East Carolina lost to Cincy by 21 points and FAU by nine points. Considering SMU is better than both of those teams, you can expect this game to get quite ugly. While I hate big chalk, the Mustangs should roll big. 

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Southern Methodist Mustangs -18

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