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Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane - 3/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (21-8) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (23-6)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to the Moody Coliseum to take on the SMU Mustangs this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane dropped to 21-8 (14-3 American) on the season after being defeated by the Cincinnati Bearcats, 56-47, this past Wednesday. Tulsa shot 34.0% from the field and 46.7% (7-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane was James Woodard who had 12 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Tulsa is ranked 48th in the RPI Standings and has played the 107th ranked SOS. On the season, the Golden Hurricane have been led by James Woodard (14.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 apg) and Shaquille Harrison (13.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.6 apg). Tulsa is averaging 65.3 ppg (ranked 228th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 228th. The Golden Hurricanes average 5.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 253rd) and commit 11.4 turnovers per game (ranked 62nd). Tulsa is holding their opponents to an average of 60.3 ppg (ranked 34th) on 39.3% shooting (ranked 34th). The Golden Hurricanes average 16.8 personal fouls per game (ranked 69th) and pull down 36.62 total rpg (ranked 68th).

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane - 3/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 22nd-ranked SMU Mustangs dropped to 23-6 (14-3 American) on the season after being defeated by the Connecticut Huskies, 81-73, this past Sunday. SMU shot 45.5% from the field and 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Markus Kennedy who had 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 steal. 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 (14.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 5.3 apg) and Yanick Moreira (11.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.0 apg). SMU is averaging 69.6 ppg (ranked 118th) on 48.6% shooting (ranked 11th). The Mustangs average 15.8 apg (ranked 15th) and commit 12.9 turnovers per game (ranked 203rd).  SMU is holding their opponents to an average of 59.7 ppg (ranked 24th) on 38.3% shooting (ranked 15th). The Mustangs pull down 36.17 total rpg (ranked 84th) and averages 7.0 spg (ranked 88th).

The Golden Hurricane are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mustangs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 home games.

1st place for the regular season championship for the American Conference will be on the line in this one. Before dropping their recent game against Cincinnati, Tulsa had won its previous 4 games. In their past 5 games Tulsa is holding their opponents to an average of just 65 ppg. SMU had their 5 game winning streak snapped and the 81 points given up to UConn was the highest amount they've allowed all season. SMU is generally great on the defensive side and I don't seem them struggling against an Tulsa offensive that can have issues getting points. I think SMU wins big on their home court to win the American Conference and covers this spread.

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SMU Mustangs -8

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