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Houston vs SMU 1/5/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

SMU Mustangs (6-8) vs. Houston Cougars (14-1)
January 5, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Cougars -22 / SMU Mustangs +22 ; Over/Under: -
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The SMU Mustangs and the Houston Cougars meet Thursday in college basketball action from Hofheinz Pavilion. SMU is 6-8 overall this year and coming off a win over Tulsa. As for Houston, they’re 14-1 after a win over UCF. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

SMU went just 3-7 over their first 10 games this year, beating Texas A&M-Commerce, Evansville and Lamar. It’s been a 3-1 run since then with wins over Iona, Utah State and Tulsa (with a loss to Hawaii). 

In the Sunday game versus Tulsa, SMU took a 43-36 lead into the break. The Mustangs posted a 49-31 advantage from there and won it 92-67. Both Zach Nutall and Samuell Williamson put up 17 points apiece to lead the team. 

Over on the Houston side, they went 9-0 to kick off the season, then lost to Alabama on December 10. Since then it’s been wins over NC A&T, Virginia, McNeese State, Tulsa and UCF in consecutive outings. 

Matched up against UCF on Saturday, Houston took a 39-31 edge into the second half. The Cougars were outscored 34-32 from there but still won it 71-65. Tramon Mark led the team on 19 points with six rebounds and one assist. 

PICK: I’m going to stick with Houston. The line’s probably too thick to play around with, though. The Cougars were able to put away a good UCF team in their last outing despite shooting a tepid 37.5 percent from the floor. The Cougars had a 41-37 rebounding advantage and had just eight turnovers in the victory. Houston has scored 69 or more points in five straight games and will probably post a solid total here as well. As for SMU, they’ve scored 75 or more points in four of their last five but I don’t think they’ll hit that mark in this one. Houston should be in control if they play well. 

Andrew's Free Pick: Houston Cougars -22

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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