Tulane vs. Southern Methodist - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (12-3) at Tulane Green Wave (10-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Devlin Fieldhouse)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Meeting up on the college basketball court Thursday evening, we’ve got a matchup between the SMU Mustangs and the Tulane Green Wave from Devlin Fieldhouse.
SMU sits at 12-3 on the season so far. The Mustangs have a five-game winning streak going, with their most recent victory coming against South Florida on Sunday. In that one, Mustangs guard Shake Milton put up 14 points.
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Milton also leads SMU in scoring on the season, with 16.7 PPG. Also in the Mustangs’ double-digit club are Jarrey Foster (13.7 PPG), Ethan Charges (12.6 PPG; 5.6 RPG), Jamal McMurray (12.3 PPG; four games), Jimmy Whitt (10.7 PPG) and Ben Emelogu (10.5 PPG).
Over on the Tulane side, they’re sitting at 10-4 this season. The Green Wave had a three-game win streak going but lost their last outing to Tulsa. In that defeat, Tulane’s Cameron Reynolds led the way on 15 points.
Melvin Frazier is the top Tulane scorer this year with 17.0 PPG and 5.9 RPG to his credit. Also in the double-digit club for the Green Wave are Reynolds (16.4 PPG; 6.7 RPG) and Samir Sehic (10.3 PPG).
SMU is 8-0 ATS in their last eight Thursday games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Mustangs are also 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win.
Meanwhile, Tulane is 2-5 ATS in their last seven versus the AAC and 6-17-3 ATS in their last 26 home games. The Wave are also 5-17 ATS in their last 22 Thursday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
The Mustangs are a very well-rounded group this year, and when they get going they can match up with just about anyone in the nation. Aside from a couple of head-scratching losses (Northern Iowa and Western Kentucky), SMU has generally been as good as advertised. All of that said, I think Tulane has enough scoring to hang around here, so I’m going with the Wave to cover.