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SMU vs. Tulsa - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tulsa at SMU
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Moody Coliseum
University Park, Texas
The Line
The Line: SMU -7 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPNU
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane and SMU Mustangs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Moody Coliseum.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are averaging 71.2 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 68.1 points on 40.3 percent shooting. DaQuan Jeffries is averaging 13.8 points and 1.2 assists while Martins Igbanu is averaging 12.8 points and 5.9 rebounds. Sterling Taplin is dishing 4.8 assists and Jeriah Horne is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have lost two of their last three road games.

The SMU Mustangs look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The SMU Mustangs are averaging 75.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Jahmal McMurray is averaging 18.7 points and 2.7 assists while Jimmy Whitt Jr. is averaging 12.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. Ethan Chargois is the third double-digit scorer and Isiaha Mike is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The SMU Mustangs are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The SMU Mustangs have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Golden Hurricane are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Mustangs are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games. The Golden Hurricane are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Southern Methodist. The under is 4-0 in Mustangs last 4 overall. The under is 7-3 in Golden Hurricane last 10 overall.

The SMU Mustangs are starting to find their groove defensively in their last five games, holding teams to just 38.8 percent shooting. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have had success on the road this season despite shooting a poor percentage from the field, and they're 4-2 ATS on the road this season which includes covers in seven of their last nine road games overall. Tulsa is an overlooked team that grinds games out and has won two of the last four meetings against SMU. It's not always pretty, but Tulsa gets after it and competes, often staying in the only number we care about. If you're looking for a nice underdog Saturday, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane are a worthy option. 

Pick:
Tulsa Golden Hurricane +7

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