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SMU vs. Connecticut - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Connecticut Huskies (14-9) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (20-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Connecticut Huskies and SMU Mustangs meet Saturday at the Moody Coliseum.

The Connecticut Huskies have won five of their last seven games and look for their first ranked win. On the season, UConn is averaging 65.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 59.7 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Ryan Boatright is averaging 18 points and 4.4 assists while Rodney Purvis is averaging 10.1 points and 2.1 rebounds. Daniel Hamilton is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Amida Brimah is shooting 69.7 percent from the field. The Connecticut Huskies have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.8 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, UConn is allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 53 or less points in four of its last six games.

SMU vs. Connecticut - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SMU Mustangs have won nine of their last 10 games and are chasing a AAC title. On the season, SMU is averaging 69.6 points on 49.3 percent shooting and is allowing 59.2 points on 37.9 percent shooting. Nic Moore is averaging 14.6 points and 5.4 assists while Yanick Moreira is averaging 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. Markus Kennedy is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Ben Moore is shooting 46.4 percent from the field. The SMU Mustangs have six players averaging at least six points, and they’re shooting 70.8 percent from the line and 36.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, SMU is allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in nine of its last 10 games.

The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The Mustangs are 6-1-2 ATS in their last 9 home games and 10-4-3 ATS in their last 17 games overall.

While SMU is the better team, UConn knows this is a game that could get them some love when it comes to picking tournament teams. This is almost a make or break game for the Huskies. And if we know anything about UConn, it's that it always plays its best the bigger game. I like the Huskies to pull this out outright, but give me the points just to make sure. 

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Connecticut Huskies +6

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