SMU vs Houston College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/3/21

SMU vs Houston College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/3/21 Photo by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Cougars (7-1) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (6-0)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs +2 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Houston Cougars and SMU Mustangs meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Moody Coliseum.

The Houston Cougars look for a win to build on their 7-1 record. The Houston Cougars are averaging 73.6 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 55.9 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Quentin Grimes is averaging 18.5 points 7.3 rebounds while Marcus Sasser is averaging 15 points and 2.3 rebounds. Tramon Mark is the third double-digit scorer and Caleb Mills is grabbing 1.3 rebounds. The Houston Cougars are shooting 30.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Cougars are allowing 23.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game.

The SMU Mustangs look for another win to build on their 6-0 record. The SMU Mustangs are averaging 84.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 64.3 points on 37.9 percent shooting. Kendric Davis is averaging 19.2 points and 4.3 rebounds while Emmanuel Bandoumel is averaging 12.8 points and 2.2 assists. Feron Hunt is the third double-digit scorer and Ethan Chargois is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The SMU Mustangs are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game.

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The Cougars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Sunday games. The Mustangs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 18-6 in Cougars last 24 overall. The over is 11-4 in Mustangs last 15 home games.

The Houston Cougars are the better team that's more battle tested as well, but they also looked shaky against Tulsa. The SMU Mustangs have yet to play a ranked team this season, so we have to take their play with a grain of salt up to this point, but they've been highly efficient on both ends of the floor and have to have had this game circled on their calendar. This is a prove it game for SMU and you have to think its up to the task. I'll take the bucket in what should be a fun AAC contest.

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Randy’s Pick Southern Methodist Mustangs +2

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