SMU vs. Houston - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Cougars (7-11) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (15-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -19 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Houston Cougars and SMU Mustangs play Saturday afternoon at the Moody Coliseum.
The Houston Cougars have lost seven straight games and play their seventh true road game. On the season, Houston is averaging 66.8 points on 38.9 percent shooting and is allowing 68 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Jherrod Stiggers is averaging 14.8 points and 2.6 assists while Danrad Knowles is averaging 11.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Devonta Pollard is the third player averaging double-digit points and L.J. Rose is dishing 5.2 assists. The Houston Cougars have seven players averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 65.7 percent from the line and 32.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Houston is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or less points in five of its last eight games.
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The SMU Mustangs have won five straight games and look for their seventh AAC win. On the season, SMU is averaging 69.7 points on 49.3 percent shooting and is allowing 59.2 points on 38.1 percent shooting. Nic Moore is averaging 14.1 points and 5.1 assists while Yanick Moreira is averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds. Markus Kennedy is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Keith Frazier is shooting 44.9 percent from the field. The SMU Mustangs have four players averaging double-digit points, and they’re shooting 73.2 percent from the line and 34.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, SMU is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 61 or less points in 10 straight games. SMU is 11-1 SU on its home court.
The Cougars are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mustangs are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Southern Methodist and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Houston Cougars may have a lot of losses but they've competed and lost many of those games by single digits. The Cougars match up well with the Mustangs in the paint and will able able to keep this game close by grabbing rebounds and getting to the line. Take the points here.