SMU vs. Houston - 1/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Cougars (13-4) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (17-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The SMU Mustangs and the Houston Cougars face off on Tuesday in AAC college basketball action.
The SMU Mustangs are 17-0 this season and they return home from a two game road trip. SMU is averaging 80.2 points per game and they are shooting 51.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 61.2 points and their opponents are shooting 38.8 percent from the floor. Nic Moore leads the Mustangs averaging 15.2 points and 5.1 assists per game. Ben Moore is averaging 13.2 points and 7.6 rebounds, Jordan Tolbert is averaging 12.7 points and 9.6 rebounds, and Keith Frazier is averaging 11.9 points. SMU is playing their seventh AAC conference game of the year.
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The Houston Cougars are 13-4 this season and they have lost their last two games. Houston is averaging 78.7 points per game and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Rob Gray Jr. leads the Cougars averaging 17.6 points per game. Devonta Pollard is averaging 13 points and 6.1 rebounds, Damyean Dotson is averaging 11.5 points and 7.4 rebounds, and Ronnie Johnson is averaging 11.3 points. Houston is 2-2 on the road and 3-2 in AAC play.
SMU is 11-5 against the spread in their last 16 home games against a team with a winning road record, 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games. Houston is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Houston has covered the point spread in six of their last eight games against SMU.
I expect Houston to come up big here and cover getting this generous number.