Central Florida Knights vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (11-4) at Central Florida Knights (8-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm (CFE Arena)
The Line: Central Florida Knights +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Southern Methodist Mustangs visit UCF Arena to take the floor with the Central Florida Knights.
The defensive minded Southern Methodist Mustangs are looking to make an impact in the AAC after getting ousted in the conference playoffs after a strong regular season. The Mustangs defense is one of the best at 60 points given up but the offense is no slouch at 70 points which makes this team dangerous. SMU bounced back from a loss to Cincinnati to pound visiting Memphis 73-59 on Thursday. The Mustangs were up 13 after 20 minutes and held serve the rest of the way with a 52%-43% shooting advantage and an 18-8 margin at the stripe carrying the day. Markus Kennedy led all scorers with 21 points on 10-13 from the field followed by a 15 point, seven pull effort from Yanick Moreira. The duo of Ben Moore and Keith Frazier tossed in 12 points apiece and combined for 15 rebounds as SMU did not lack scoring options.
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The Central Florida Knights have managed to keep their heads above water thus far at 8-6 but we'll see if they hold up once the meat of the conference schedule hits. The Knights opene up AAC action at 0-2 before upending Houston 79-78 in overtime on the road Tuesday. The Knights appeared to be in cruise control with a 12 point lead at the intermission before a Cougars rally sent the game to the extra session. At the final horn UCF connected at almost 47% to overcome the Cougars 37.5% and 22-13 advantage at the charity stripe. Brandon Goodwin carried the offense with a game high 30 points while grabbing seven boards and posting five dishes. Adonys Henriguez was next in line with 14 points followed by Justin McBride and Kasey Wilson adding 12 and eight points and a combined 18 rebounds.
The Mustangs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. SMU are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. UCF are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. American Athletic Conference. Laying big chalk on the road is something I rarely do but I'm going with potential...