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Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Houston Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/13/14 AAC Playoffs

Houston Cougars (16-15) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (23-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Houston Cougars open their AAC postseason with the Southern Methodist Mustangs on Thursday.

I have said Houston was the best team in the bottom half of top heavy AAC and the numbers prove that. The Cougars had won four straight and had a chance to finish with a .500 conference record but fell to Central Florida on the final day of the regular season. The Cougars were tough when playing well versus anyone and not so great when not playing well against anyone. Regardless, UH needs to score and if that's the case TaShawn Thomas (15.5 ppg) and Danuel House (13.8 ppg) will be leading the charge and probably have to step it up even more.

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs. Houston Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/13/14 AAC Playoffs

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Southern Methodist finished in a three way tie for third with Connecticut and Memphis but really squandered a shot at second with back to back defeats to close the regular season although the defeats came to Louisville and Memphis which is no shame. When the Mustangs are playing well they can score the basketball and lean on their shutdown defense so they can win in any number of ways. When SMU has gotten in to trouble it's because their defense has suffered lapses and the offense has not been able to keep up. So the key to success is obviously playing with the lead and their rather deep rotation can divy up the scoring.

The spread is big enough to where I don't feel comfortable backing the Mustangs but I don't feel strongly about it either way so I'll win or lose with the points...

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