South Florida vs. Southern Methodist - 3/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Methodist Mustangs (16-14) at South Florida Bulls (9-21)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Sun Dome)
The Line: South Florida Bulls +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The SMU Mustangs and South Florida Bulls meet Sunday in college basketball action at the USF Sun Dome.
The SMU Mustangs would love a victory here after losing seven of their last eight games. The SMU Mustangs are averaging 70.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Shake Milton is averaging 18 points and 4.4 assists while Jahmal McMurray is averaging 14.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. Jarrey Foster is the third double-digit scorer and Jimmy Whitt is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The SMU Mustangs are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31 rebounds per game. The SMU Mustangs have lost four of their last five road games.
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The South Florida Bulls have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since mid December. The South Florida Bulls are averaging 62.8 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 45 percent shooting. Stephan Jiggetts is averaging 12.3 points and 3.2 assists while Payton Banks is averaging 11.8 points and 3.7 rebounds. Isaiah Manderson is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and David Collins is dishing 2.4 assists. The South Florida Bulls are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The South Florida Bulls are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.2 rebounds per game. The South Florida Bulls haven’t won a home game since December 21.
The Mustangs are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Sunday games, 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Bulls are 25-54-2 ATS in their last 81 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The road team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The SMU Mustangs are obviously the better team here, but they haven't been playing well over the last month and have struggled on the road all season where they're being outscored by six points and shooting just under 42 percent. The South Florida Bulls are coming off a blowout victory over Memphis on the road, and this is senior night, a team that's really experienced and has five seniors. You can bet USF is going to put together an honest effort in hopes of ending the season off on a positive note. Give me the points.