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Houston vs. SMU - 3/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

SMU at Houston
Date & Time Thursday March 7, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Fertitta Center
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Cougars -13 -- O/U: 136.5
TV Channel
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The SMU Mustangs and the Houston Cougars meet in AAC college basketball action from the Fertitta Center on Thursday night.

The SMU Mustangs are in dire need of a win after losing 3 straight and 8 of their last 9 games after a 67-55 loss to Wichita State last time out. Feron Hunt led the Mustangs with 14 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a 4 of 4 mark from the foul line while Jahmal McMurray and Ethan Chargois added 13 points each to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for SMU in the loss. Chargois shot 5 of 6 with 8 rebounds while McMurray had 3 assists. Isiaha Mike added 7 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks as well in the losing effort. McMurray leads SMU in scoring with 17.8 points per game while Jimmy Whitt Jr. leads SMU with averages of 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, SMU is averaging 71.4 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the arc and 71.6% from the foul line this season.

The Houston Cougars will look to rebound after having their 12-game winning streak snapped after a 69-64 loss to UCF in their last outing. Corey Davis Jr. led the Cougars with 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting while Dejon Jarreau added 15 points and Galen Robinson Jr. chipped in 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Houston in the losing effort. Armoni Brooks added 7 points with a team-high 9 rebounds as well in the loss for Houston. Davis Jr. leads Houston in scoring with 16.1 points per game while Brooks leads the Cougars in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game and Robinson Jr. leads Houston in assists with 5.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Houston is averaging 75.7 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line this season. The Cougars are also one of the best defensive teams in the country, sitting 6th in scoring defense, allowing just 60.8 points per game while ranked 2nd in the country in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage against, allowing opponents to shoot just 36.9% from the field and 27.6% from 3-point range respectively.

SMU is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 9-24-1 ATS in their last 34 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. Houston is 38-18-2 ATS in their last 58 games overall and 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 conference games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. SMU is 4-10-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams.

This may be a lot of points to give to an SMU team that’s desperate for a win. However, the Mustangs are reeling right now, and haven’t been very good on the road and have been even worse when having to take a step up in competition. Houston has been a tough out all season long and will want to regroup and get some momentum going again after their loss to UCF, so I’ll lay the points with Houston in this spot.

Houston -13

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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