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Central Florida Knights vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/18/14

Southern Methodist Mustangs (12-4) at Central Florida Knights (9-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm (CFE Arena)

The Line: Central Florida Knights +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Southern Methodist Mustangs take the show on the road with a visit to Central Florida.

Southern Methodist might be 2-2 in the AAC but it's a solid record considering both defeats came to Cincinnati and Louisville. The Mustangs easily knocked off South Florida 71-54 to even their conference mark behind great efforts at both ends of the floor. SMU dominated offensively with 51% marksmanship while suffocating the Bulls attack and holding them to 32%. Markus Kennedy led the scoring with 18 points and ten rebounds with Shawn Williams tossing in 16 points and posting seven boards while Nic Moore added 12 points.

Central Florida Knights vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/18/14

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The name of the game for Central Florida is to keep the pace fast and score points because they do tend to give them up as well. The offense did just fine but the defense struggled in an 85-75 loss at Rutgers. The Knights fell behind by nine heading in to the locker room and were never able to sustain a rally. UCF simply struggled to find the range with 36% from the floor not able to compete with the Scarlet Knights 47%. Isaiah Sykes carried the scoring with a game high 29 points and eight pulls while Eugene McCrory tossed in 14 points and snared five boards followed by a ten point, eight rebound performance from Tristan Spurlock.

I think any team can be vulnerable on the road and better road teams lose as favorites all the time. I believe we have this scenario here so I'm hoping the Mustangs play hard for 40 minutes...

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