South Florida vs. SMU - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (16-4) at South Florida Bulls (7-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Sun Dome)
The Line: South Florida +13 See the Latest Odds
The SMU Mustangs and South Florida Bulls meet Wednesday night at the USF Sun Dome.
The SMU Mustangs have won six straight games and play their eighth true road game. On the season, SMU is averaging 70.3 points on 48.8 percent shooting and is allowing 59.3 points on 38 percent shooting. Nic Moore is averaging 15.2 points and 5.2 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 four players averaging double-digit points, and they’re shooting 72.9 percent from the line and 36.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, SMU is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 61 or less points in 11 straight games. SMU is 4-3 SU on the road.
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The South Florida Bulls have lost five straight games and look for their second AAC win. On the season, South Florida is averaging 63.4 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 69.2 points on 43 percent shooting. Corey Allen Jr. is averaging 14.5 points and 2.7 assists while Nehemias Morillo is averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Anthony Collins is dishing 5.4 assists and Bo Zeigler is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The South Florida Bulls have seven players averaging at least 4.8 points, and they’re shooting 63.5 percent from the line and 27.7 percent from deep. Defensively, USF is allowing 39.5 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 66 or less points in four of its last six games. Chris Perry is questionable with a chest injury.
The Mustangs are 15-7-1 ATS in their last 23 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulls are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. American Athletic Conference and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
South Florida has competed against some decent teams in AAC play and is no pushover, especially if Perry is able to play. I have no real strong play on this game, which is why I would side with the free points if forced to pick.