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Tulane vs. SMU - 01/04/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tulane - SMU
Date & Time Friday January 4, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse
New Orleans, LA
The Line
SMU Mustangs -9.5 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Tulane - SMU

The SMU Mustangs and the Tulane Green Wave meet in AAC conference college basketball action from Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse on Friday night.

The SMU Mustangs will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after an 82-54 win over East Carolina in their last outing. Jahmal McMurray led the Mustangs with 20 points on 7 of 16 shooting with 4 threes and 4 assists while Jimmy Whitt Jr. added 17 points on an efficient 7 of 8 shooting with a team-high 6 assists and a pair of steals. Isiaha Mike and Nat Dixon each had 11 points, with Mike adding a pair of steals while Dixon shots4 of 6 with a pair of threes. Ethan Chargois added 10 points with 7 rebounds and 3 steals to round out the scoring in double figures for SMU in the win while Feron Hunt added 6 points and a team-high 12 rebounds and Jarrey Foster added 7 points to match his 7 rebounds in the victory. McMurray leads SMU in scoring with 18.3 points per game while Hunt leads the Mustangs on the glass with 6.9 rebounds per game and Whitt Jr. leads SMU in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, SMU is averaging 76.5 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 70.1% from the foul line this season.

The Tulane Green Wave will look to rebound after a 93-61 loss to Cincinnati to extend their losing streak to 3 games. Jordan Cornish led Tulane with 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 assists while Caleb Daniels chipped in 16 points on 6 of 17 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 6 rebounds as the only other Tulane player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Daniels leads the Green Wave in scoring with 15.8 points per game while Cornish leads Tulane with 3.8 assists per game and Samir Sehic leads Tulane on the glass with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Tulane is averaging 68.2 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 64% from the foul line this season.

SMU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record. Tulane is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 17-38-3 ATS in their last 58 home games while the over is 43-20 in their last 63 conference games. The favorite is 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.

Laying double digits on the road is usually not ideal unless we’re talking about the elite in college hoops. However, Tulane hasn’t shown any signs of turning around and haven’t been very good ATS at home for a few seasons now. SMU is starting to heat up and have done some solid work on the road this season, so I’ll lay the points with SMU as more of a fade from Tulane than anything else.

Pick:
SMU -9.5

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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