Memphis Tigers vs. SMU Mustangs - 2/26/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (22-5) at Memphis Tigers (17-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Tigers +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The SMU Mustangs will travel to the FedEx Forum to take on the Memphis Tigers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The SMU Mustangs improved to 22-5 (13-2 American) on the season after defeating the Temple Owls, 67-58, this past Thursday. SMU shot 48.8% from the field and 45.5% (5-11) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Nic Moore who had 18 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals. SMU is ranked 19th in the RPI Standings and has played the 54th ranked SOS. On the season, the Mustangs have been led by Nic Moore (14.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.4 apg) and Yanick Moreira (11.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg). SMU is averaging 69.6 ppg (ranked 116th) on 48.7% shooting (ranked 10th). The Mustangs average 15.9 apg (ranked 17th) and shoot 36.6% from beyond the arc (ranked 79th). SMU is holding their opponents to an average of 59 (ranked 22nd) on 37.8% shooting (ranked 9th). The Mustangs pull down 36.56 total rpg (ranked 73rd) and have a rebound margin of 6.8 (ranked 18th).
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The Memphis Tigers improved to 17-10 (9-5 American) on the season after defeating the UCF Knights, 75-65 (OT), this past Sunday. Memphis shot 38.6% from the field and 19.2% (5-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Austin Nichols who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist. Memphis is ranked 79th in the RPI Standings and has played the 66th ranked SOS. On the season, the Tigers have been led by Austin Nichols (13.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.5 bpg) and Avery Woodson (8.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 spg). Memphis is averaging 67.9 ppg (ranked 163rd) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 134th). The Tigers average 14.3 apg (ranked 65th) however, turn the ball over 13.9 times per game (ranked 273rd). Memphis is holding their opponents to an average of 61.8 ppg (ranked 64th) on 39.0% shooting (ranked 28th). The Tigers average 6.9 bpg (ranked 3rd) and 7.4 spg (ranked 56th).
The Mustangs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Tigers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games.
SMU has won 12 of their last 13 games and really can get it down at the defensive end. Memphis has played well as of late as they've won their past three games while averaging 75.0 ppg in that span. SMU has one of the best defenses in the country and was able to handle Memphis easily at home early in the season. Although Memphis has played better since getting Austin Nichols back from injury, they still needed OT to get by a below average UCF team. Memphis is a tough place to play, but I'm not going to past up taking SMU at this little of a line. Take SMU to cover.