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SMU vs Tulsa 1/1/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-8) vs. SMU Mustangs (5-8)
January 1, 2023 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: SMU Mustangs -6 / Tulsa Golden Hurricane +6; Over/Under: +141
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and SMU Mustangs meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Moody Coliseum. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane look for their fifth win. The SMU Mustangs look for their sixth win.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are averaging 67.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Sam Griffin is averaging 14.4 points and 3.2 rebounds, while Brandon Betson is averaging 11.2 points and 1.9 assists. Bryant Selebangue is the third double-digit scorer and Tim Dalger is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.5 percent from the free throw line. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are allowing 26.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.3 rebounds per game.

The SMU Mustangs are averaging 68.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Zhuric Phelps is averaging 19.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Zach Nutall is averaging 14.2 points and 2.4 assists. Efe Odigie is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and Samuell Williamson is grabbing 7.2 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The SMU Mustangs are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game.

The Golden Hurricane are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Mustangs are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 7-1-1 in Golden Hurricane last 9 overall. The under is 9-3 in Mustangs last 12 home games. The road team is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings. The favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Neither of these teams are playing well, and I’m not eager to back either side or lay chalk. However, it is fair to say the SMU Mustangs are the better team and have the best player on the floor here. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are losing on the road by an average of 13.7 points and in the underdog role by an average of 11.5 points. At home, this is a game SMU should win. I’ll lay the chalk.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: SMU Mustangs -6

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