Central Florida vs. Southern Methodist - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Southern Methodist Mustangs (19-9) at Central Florida Knights (14-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Addition Financial Arena)
The Line: Central Florida Knights +1 -- Over/Under: 140
The SMU Mustangs and the Central Florida Knights meet in college basketball action from CFE Arena on Wednesday.
SMU is currently sitting at 19-9 on the season. In the last four games SMU is just 1-3, beating Memphis while otherwise falling to Tulane, Tulsa and Wichita State during that stretch of outings.
In the loss to Wichita State, SMU’s lead scorer was Isiaha Mike with 23 points and four rebounds. Both Kendrick Davis and Emmanuel Bandoumel added 10 points apiece for SMU there, combining for six assists and five rebounds as well.
Over on the UCF side, they’re 14-14 this year. Since their last win over Cincinnati, Central Florida has lost three straight games versus Tulane, Connecticut and Tulsa.
In the loss to Tulsa, UCF’s lead scorer was Brandon Mahan with 15 points, four rebounds and one assist. Darin Green added 11 points with one rebound there, and Frank Bertz put up 10 points with two rebounds and one assist.
Central Florida is 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 Wednesday games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 after an ATS loss. Central Florida is 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games and 1-4 ATS in the last five overall.
Meanwhile, SMU is 1-4 ATS in the last five Wednesday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games. SMU is 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall and the over is 6-2 in their last eight overall.
It’s been a pretty rough patch for SMU. In each of their last three games they’ve been at 62 points or fewer, and were blown out 79-57 by a Tulsa team they really should have been competitive with. Even worse, SMU blew a 13-point halftime lead versus Wichita State by allowing 42 points in the second half in a four-point loss.
As for UCF, they’ve been pretty uninspiring and inconsistent themselves lately, posting a combined total of just 119 points across their last pair of games. There’s not really a lot to like here with the recent performance of either team, but SMU probably has a better chance at winning/covering.