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TCU vs. SMU - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Methodist Mustangs (7-2) at TCU Horned Frogs (8-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Schollmaier Arena)

The Line: TCU Horned Frogs -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports Networks

The SMU Mustangs will travel to Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena to take on the 20th ranked TCU Horned Frogs this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The SMU Mustangs won their 2nd straight game and improved to 7-2 on the season after defeating the 14th ranked USC Trojans, 72-55, this past Saturday. SMU went into halftime trailing by a 30-27 margin, however, was outstanding on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and pulled away after a 16-3 Mustangs run gave SMU a 56-42 lead with 7:12 left in regulation. SMU shot 50.9% from the field and 50.0% (8-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Mustangs was Shake Milton who had 22 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds. On the season, SMU is averaging 74.0 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Mustangs are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 41.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SMU has been led by Shake Milton (18.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.4 spg), Jarrey Foster (14.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 bpg), Ethan Chargois (11.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Ben Emelogu II (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, SMU is holding their opponents to an average of 56.3 ppg on 39.5% shooting from the field. The Mustangs have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 4.4.

TCU vs. SMU - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The TCU Horned Frogs stayed perfect on the season, improving to 8-0 on the year, after defeating the Yale Bulldogs, 92-66, this past Saturday. TCU used a 13-3 run at the end of the 1st half to take a 45-31 halftime lead and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 64-41 lead with 14:09 left in regulation. TCU shot 59.4% from the field and 39.1% (9-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs was Kenrich Williams who had a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, TCU is averaging 86.9 ppg on 52.5% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 40.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, TCU has been led by Vladimir Brodziansky (14.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 bpg), Desmond Bane (14.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Kenrich Williams (12.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.9 spg), and Jaylen Fisher (11.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, TCU is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Horned Frogs have a rebound margin of 9.5 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The Mustangs are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 21-6 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up win. The Horned Frogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.

SMU picked up a huge home victory over USC and has been led by their defense that ranks 3rd in scoring defense, 55th in defensive FG%, and 33rd in turnover margin. TCU has been solid on both ends of the court this season and has been led by their offense that ranks T-25th in scoring offense, 7th in FG%, and 34th in 3P-FG%. SMU can really get the job done on the defensive end, however, TCU is one of the better teams in the country and as I think the Horned Frogs will be able to put up 70-80 points at home, I’m taking TCU to cover this small spread. 

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