Bradley Braves (3-1) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (2-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 20, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs -2.5 -- Over/Under: 133
The Bradley Braves and the SMU Mustangs meet in a college basketball matchup from the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya as part of the 2018 Cancun Challenge.
The Bradley Braves come into this game looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, coming in the form of a 71-70 loss to Illinois-Chicago in their last outing. Darrell Brown led the Braves points along with 4 assists and a pair of steals while Nate Kennell added 15 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 3 triples and 4 assists as well. Antoine Pittman added 14 points while Elijah Childs chipped in 10 points with a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Bradley in the losing effort. Brown leads Bradley with an average of 13.8 points and 4.5 assists per game while Childs is the Braves’ top rebounder with 9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bradley is averaging 71.5 points per game on 46% shooting from the field, 32.4% from behind the 3-point line and 71% from the foul line this season.
The SMU Mustangs will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first 4 games of the season following a 79-73 loss to Lipscomb in their last outing. Ethan Chargois led the Mustangs with 22 points on 6 of 17 shooting with 4 threes and 11 rebounds for the double-double while Jimmy Whitt Jr. added 20 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Feron Hunt added 11 points and 9 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Mustangs in the losing effort. Chargois leads the Mustangs with an average of 17 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while Whitt Jr. leads SMU with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, SMU is averaging 76 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 61.8% from the foul line this season.
Bradley is 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 20-7 in their last 27 neutral site games. SMU is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 neutral site games.
Both of these teams come in off of a couple of close losses, so this one could go either way. However, Bradley tasted defeat for the first time this season and will be eager to get that taste out of their mouths, while SMU have struggled with consistency to start the year. The Mustangs have also had issues covering against teams with winning records dating back to last season, and while it’s still early on, I think the points with Bradley hold some value here so I’ll take the free bucket with the Braves.