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Memphis vs. SMU - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
SMU at Memphis
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
FedexForum
Memphis, TN
The Line
Memphis Tigers -4 -- Over/Under: 155
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The SMU Mustangs and the Memphis Tigers meet in an AAC college basketball matchup from the FedExForum on Saturday afternoon.

The SMU Mustangs will look to rebound after suffering a 69-58 loss to Houston in their last outing. Jimmy Whitt Jr. led the Mustangs with 20 points on 9 of 11 shooting with 6 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists while Isiaha Mike added 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes. Jahmal McMurray added 11 points and Ethan Chargois pitched in 10 points with a game-high 12 rebounds for the double-double to round out the scoring in double-digits for SMU in the losing effort. McMurray leads SMU in scoring with 18.4 points per game while Whitt Jr. leads the Mustangs with an average of 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, SMU is averaging 74.6 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 34.2% from 3-point range and 73.5% from the foul line this season.

The Memphis Tigers will be looking to build on back-to-back wins and victories in 6 of their last 7 games following an 83-79 win over Tulane in their last outing. Jeremiah Martin led the Tigers with 27 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 5 threes, 3 assists, 3 steals and a pair of blocks. Kyvon Davenport came 2nd with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting while Raynere Thornton added 12 points along with a team-high 8 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Memphis in the winning effort. Davenport leads Memphis with an average of 15.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while Martin leads the Tigers in assists with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Memphis is averaging 84.1 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the 3-point line and 70.8% from the foul line this season.

SMU is 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. Memphis is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 10-2 in their last 12 games overall. SMU is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.

The points with SMU are definitely tempting considering how much success the Mustangs have had in this matchup. However, I still worry about SMU on the road as a whole as the Mustangs just can’t seem to get over the hump away from home. Memphis is 9-1 SU this season and are outscoring teams by 15.4 points per game at the FedExForum this season, so I’ll lay the points with Memphis in what should be a back-and-forth affair.

Pick:
Memphis -4

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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