Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Louisville Cardinals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/5/14
Louisville Cardinals (24-5) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (23-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisvillle Cardinals travel to Moody Coliseum to take on the Southern Methodist Mustangs Wednesday.
Louisville had ripped off seven consecutive victories and had their sights set on the top spot in the AAC with Cincinnati losing Saturday. However, Memphis had other ideas as they handed the Cardinals a 72-66 setback. UL trailed by six at the break before taking a late lead but the Tigers would not be denied on their home floor. The Cardinals struggled in most phases with Memphis winning the shooting battle 49%-40% with a 4-23 performance from long range being decisive. Montrezl Harrell carried the offense with a game high 25 points and 12 boards with Russ Smith adding 19 points, five yanks and five assists while Luke Hancock tossed in eleven.
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Southern Methodist sits one game out of first in the AAC with two to play so they need to win both and get somebody to knock off Cincinnati. That's a lot to ask for with just a pair of games to go although stranger things have happened. The Mustangs have won three in a row afte throttling visiting Central Florida 70-65 Saturday with an eleven point lead heading in to the locker room setting the tone. The tough SMU defense allowed only 37.5% shooting while connecting at 49% with a 20-9 edge at the stripe providing plenty of scoring. Markus Kennedy scored 18 points and grabbed a game high eight boards followed by Nick Russell with 15 while Nic Moore and Ryan Manuel added 13 and ten points with Moore handing out six assists.
Louisville is favored as expected but Southern Methodist has been very solid on their home floor and I see no reason they can't compete here...