Memphis vs SMU Picks and Predictions for January 28

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Updated: January 28, 2021

Kendric Davis should be a stronger force for SMU after scoring only eight points on 4-of-14 shooting from the floor last game.

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On Thursday, January 28, the SMU Mustangs host the Memphis Tigers at 8:00 p.m. ET at SMU Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas. These teams met Tuesday in Tennessee, when Memphis earned a 76-72 victory as a 2.5-point home favorite. 

Will this one end up with a similar result? Keep reading our Memphis vs. SMU picks and predictions to find out. 

Memphis Tigers at SMU Mustangs Betting Preview

Key Injuries

Memphis: G Alex Lomax (questionable)
SMU: No injuries to report. 
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Betting Trend to Know

SMU is 5-0 ATS in its last five home games against teams with winning road records.  Find more NCAA betting trends for Memphis vs. SMU.

The line opened at SMU -3.5, with the total at 142.0. Early action leaned slightly towards SMU and the Over. Check back later for a full report from Patrick!

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Against the Spread (ATS) Pick

Memphis beat SMU just a few days ago, yet the Mustangs are favored in this game. That means the oddsmakers aren’t all that concerned about the Tigers winning this one, as most bettors will simply look at the head-to-head results and back the team that won the first time they played. Also, until a recent stretch of good play, this Memphis team was really struggling. That makes it hard to know which one we’ll see the rest of the season. 

One thing that’s for sure is that Memphis’ 140th-ranked offense in adjusted offensive efficiency (according to KenPom.com) likely won’t be shooting 47.9 percent from the outside again. And this offense, which struggles to begin with, would be extremely stagnant if Alex Lomax isn’t able to go. He’s questionable for this meeting with SMU, and he was the leading scorer for the Tigers last game. 

Another thing that works against Memphis in this game is that SMU’s Kendric Davis, who averages 18.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, had only eight points on 4-of-14 shooting from the floor last game. Davis is a much better player than that, so he should be able to get it going tonight. 

PREDICTION: SMU -3.0 (-110) 

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Over/Under Pick

On the season, the Over has hit in seven of the eight games in which SMU has been favored. The last meeting between these teams also comfortably went Over the total, and there’s just no reason to believe these teams will be trying to slow the game down here. If anything, Davis having a better game would allow SMU’s offense to operate at a much higher level. Look for both teams to do their part here. 

PREDICTION: Over 142.0 (-110) 

Memphis vs SMU Betting Card

  • SMU -3.0 (-110) 
  • Over 142.0 (-110) 

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