SMU vs. Pittsburgh - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (2-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The SMU Mustangs and the Pittsburgh Panthers face off on Thursday in New York in the 2K College Basketball Tournament.
The SMU Mustangs are off to a 2-0 start as they look to play themselves back into the NCAA Tournament. SMU is averaging 81.5 points and they are shooting 49.1 percent from the floor including 38. 1percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively their opponents shoot just 32.4 percent. Jarrey Foster is leading the mustangs averaging 14.5 points in 21 minutes per game. Shake Milton is averaging 12.5 points and 4 assists for SMU, Sterling Brown is averaging 11.5 points and 7 rebounds, and Ben Moore is averaging 8.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. SMU Once again looks like one of the better teams in the nation and on the verge of another solid season.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers are off to a 2-0 start to the season after winning in double-overtime against Eastern Michigan and then blowing out Gardner-Webb. Pittsburgh is averaging 96 points per game and they are shooting 46.9 percent from the floor including 35.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively their opponents are shooting 42.7 percent. Michael Young leads the Panthers in scoring averaging 22 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Jamel Artis is averaging 19 points and 6 rebounds, Cameron Johnson is averaging 13.5 points, and Sheldon Jeter is averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds. Pittsburgh has a ton of talent but often in recent years they have been their own worst enemy allowing lesser teams to stay close and beat them.
SMU is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games, 7-21 against the spread in their last 28 neutral site games, and 3-9 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Pittsburgh is 8-22 against the spread in their last 30 non-conference games, 0-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 19-41-1 against the spread in their last 61 games.
SMU Plays with a chip on their shoulder while Pitt often lacks intensity for one reason or another. Look for SMU to get the win and send a message they can beat an ACC team.