UCLA vs. SMU - 3/19/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
SMU (27-6) at UCLA (20-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 3:10 (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: SMU -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins and SMU Mustangs play Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
The UCLA Bruins was the fourth-best Pac-12 team and won four of its last five games. On the season, UCLA is averaging 72 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 68 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Norman Powell is averaging 16.4 points and 4.7 rebounds while Bryce Alford is averaging 15.1 points and five assists. Kevon Looney is grabbing 9.2 rebounds and Tony Parker is shooting 54.5 percent from the field. The UCLA Bruins have five players averaging double-digit points, and they’re shooting 67.6 percent from the line and 36.3 percent from deep. Defensively, UCLA is allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 70 or more points in three straight games.
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The SMU Mustangs won the American and have won four straight games. On the season, SMU is averaging 69.4 points on 47.9 percent shooting and is allowing 59.8 points on 38 percent shooting. Nic Moore is averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 assists while Markus Kennedy is averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Yanick Moreira is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Ryan Manuel is dishing 2.2 assists. The SMU Mustangs have four players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 70.1 percent from the line and 36.5 percent from deep. Defensively, SMU is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in six of its last eight games.
The Bruins are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Mustangs are 8-24-1 ATS in their last 33 neutral site games and 15-7-3 ATS in their last 25 games overall.
UCLA is lucky to even be in the tournament, as the Bruins weren't impressive at all this season. Meanwhile, SMU is a legit team that could make some serious noise. Look for the Mustangs to roll here.