Tulane vs. SMU - 1/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (16-0) at Tulane Green Wave (8-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Devlin Fieldhouse)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +13 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds
The Tulane Green Wave and the SMU Mustangs face off on Sunday in AAC college basketball action.
The Tulane Green Wave are 8-10 this season and they are coming off of a win that ended a four game winning streak. Tulane is averaging 67.1 points and they are shooting 41.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Louis Dabney leads the Green Wave averaging 13.2 points per game. Malik Morgan is averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, Dylan Osetkowski is averaging 10.8 points and 9.3 rebounds, and Jernard Jarreau is averaging 7.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. Tulane is 5-4 at home this season.
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The SMU Mustangs are 16-0 this season and are looking like one of the best teams in the nation. SMU is averaging 81.4 points per game and they are shooting 52.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.7 points and their opponents shoot 41.3 percent. Nic Moore leads the Mustangs averaging 15.4 points and 5.2 assists per game. Ben Moore is averaging 13.3 points and 7.9 rebounds, Jordan Tolbert is averaging 12.8 points and 9.6 rebounds, and Keith Frazier is averaging 11.9 points. SMU hasn’t been good against the point spread but they are racking up the wins.
Tulane is 5-12 against the spread in their last 17 home games, 2-7 against the spread following a win, and 2-9 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. SMU is 7-3-1 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 0-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 0-4-2 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The favorite has covered the point spread in 10 of the last 11 meetings of these two.
This is one of those games where it comes down to a coin flip as we are splitting hairs as the books are dialed in on the number so I will take the home team with the points in what is a lean at best.