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South Florida vs SMU Basketball Picks 2-25-24

SMU Mustangs (19-8) vs. South Florida Bulls (20-5)
February 25, 2024 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: South Florida Bulls +2.5; Over/Under: +144.5
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The SMU Mustangs will play the South Florida Bulls in an AAC game on Sunday afternoon at the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. SMU has won six of their last seven games, while South Florida is on a 12 game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the SMU vs South Florida prediction.

SMU Preview

The SMU Mustangs are 19-8 (10-4) this year after they lost to FAU by a score of 80-70 in their last game. SMU trailed 41-37 at the half, but they were out scored 39-33 in the second half in the loss. The Mustangs shot 39.3% from the field and were -6 in rebounding margin in the game. SMU had won their previous six games, scoring at least 80 points in four of them. The Mustangs are scoring 77.5 points per game with 39.7 rebounds per game and 16.2 assists per game, while allowing 66.2 points against per game this year. Zhuric Phelps is averaging 14.7 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 2.8 assists per game. SMU is shooting 46.2% from the field, 69.4% on free throws, and 34.6% on three pointers this season. SMU will face UTSA, East Carolina, and UAB after this game.

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South Florida Preview

The South Florida Bulls are 20-5 (13-1) this season after they defeated UTSA by a score of 66-61 in their last game. South Florida only led 32-30 at halftime, but they were able to slightly pull away in the second half for the win. The Bulls shot 37.1% from the field and were -5 in rebounding margin in the game. South Florida has won 12 games in a row and they are currently first in the AAC standings. The Bulls are scoring 75.1 points per game with 36.3 rebounds per game and 14.7 assists per game, while giving up 68.5 points against per game this season. Chris Youngblood is averaging 15 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. South Florida is shooting 43.6% from the field, 73.1% on free throws, and 36.1% on three pointers this year. 

SMU vs South Florida Betting Prediction

South Florida comes into this matchup sitting at the top of the AAC standings and they have won 12 games in a row. The Bulls only shoot 43.6% from the field, but they have been able to come up with solid offensive performances when needed. SMU is 10-4 in conference play and they are currently fourth in the standings, but they will be on the road here. The Mustangs have the advantage in most of the metrics, but they are coming off of a 10-point loss to FAU. South Florida has really impressed me this season with their record, but I don’t love what the stats say about them. Take the Mustangs on the road. 

David Racey's Free Pick: SMU ML

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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