The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the SMU Mustangs meet in college basketball action from the Dickies Arena on Friday night.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will look to build on their 73-67 win over Wichita State in their last game. Jeriah Horne leads the Golden Hurricane in scoring and rebounding with 16.2 PPG and 6.8 RPG while Sam Griffin has 14.4 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Tulsa up to this point in the season. Darien Jackson has 9.9 PPG and Anthony Pritchard’s chipping in a team-high 3 APG as well this season. As a team, Tulsa is averaging 67.5 PPG on 43.7% shooting from the field, 34.3% from three and 73.6% from the foul line while allowing 69.6 PPG on 44.4% shooting from the field and 36.5% from three this season.
The SMU Mustangs come into the conference tournament as the #2 seed, finishing the year with an overall mark of 22-7 overall including a 13-4 mark in conference play this season. Kendric Davis leads the Mustangs in scoring and assists with 19.5 PPG along with 4.6 APG in addition to his 3.8 RPG this season while Marcus Weathers has 12.5 PPG with a team-high 7.4 RPG to lead the Mustangs on the glass. Emmanuel Bandoumel and Michael Weathers each have 10+ PPG as well to cap off the scoring in double figures for SMU this season. As a team, SMU is averaging 74.4 PPG on 44.6% shooting from the field, 36.5% from three and 74.4% from the foul line while allowing 67.4 PPG on 39.9% shooting from the field and 30% from three this season.
Tulsa is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 neutral site games. SMU is 11-30-1 ATS in their last 42 neutral site games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
I get the case to be made for Tulsa and the points as the Golden Hurricane managed to pull off the job against Wichita State. However, beating a Wichita State team that’s had issues offensively all year long is a lot different than taking on an SMU team that can get whatever it wants offensively. Give me SMU here.