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Southern Methodist vs. Central Florida - 12/27/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Central Florida Knights (9-3) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (10-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Moody Coliseum-Dallas)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The UCF Knights and SMU Mustangs meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Moody Coliseum.

The UCF Knights look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The UCF Knights are averaging 67.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 62.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Tacko Fall is averaging 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds while A.J. Davis is averaging 10.7 points and 2.7 assists. Ceasar DeJesus is dishing 1.8 assists and Dayon Griffin is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The UCF Knights are shooting 28.7 percent from beyond the arc and 64.9 percent from the free throw line. The UCF Knights are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The UCF Knights have won six straight road games.

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Southern Methodist vs. Central Florida - 12/27/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SMU Mustangs look to remain unbeaten at home while building on their 10-3 record. The SMU Mustangs are averaging 76.8 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 61.1 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Shake Milton is averaging 17.2 points and 4.8 assists while Jahmal McMurray is averaging 14.5 points and three rebounds. Jarrey Foster is the third double-digit scorer and Ethan Chargois is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are shooting 43.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.7 percent from the free throw line. The SMU Mustangs are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The SMU Mustangs haven’t lost a home game since February of 2016.

The Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mustangs are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 home games, 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. American Athletic Conference and 23-7-2 ATS in their last 32 games overall. The favorite is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

This is a lot of points to give the Central Florida Knights, one of the best defensive clubs in the country and a team that's allowed no more than 65 points in their last 11 games. We know SMU is the more talented and more complete team, but it's not easy to score on UCF at all, so laying double-digit chalk is a bit crazy in my eyes. Central Florida has also won six straight on the road, so it's not like this is a team that's going to be scared of the bright lights. I'll take a stab with a UCF and the points, as this is too many to lay, even if the game is on the road. 

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