NCAA Basketball Free Pick: SMU Mustangs Vs. Houston Cougars

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Updated: February 12, 2015

SMU will look to continue their road winning streak when they face off against Houston.  We will further analyze the live odds given followed by a free pick.

Southern Methodist VS Houston Cougars
When: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Time: 9:00pm (Eastern Time) 
Where:  Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, Texas
Opening NCAA Basketball oddsSMU -13.
NCAA Basketball Betting Odds from: BetOnline

Southern Methodist Mustangs VS Houston Cougars Opening Odds and Betting Line

This game opened with SMU being -13 point favorites against the Mustangs. The line has adjusted to 10.5 since. Other Sportsbook odds:

Betting Preview

All eyes will be on SMU Junior Nic Moore, who is averaging a conference best 44% shooting behind the arc and 14.5 points per game. His best shooting performances have come against the Cougars. In his last game against Houston on January 28, Moore put up 28 points while hitting eight 3-pointers which were his only shots for that night. Fresh off returning in the top 25 rankings, a win tonight will move them one step closer to first place in the American Athletic Conference.  

For the Cougars, junior guard Jherrod Stiggers will look to help his team beat the Mustangs. Averaging 14.5 points per game, Stiggers leads his team in that category. He will look to get back on track after averaging 22.2% from the field in his last three games. In order to win this game, Houston will have to shoot better than their 34.5% shooting which places them last in the AAC. It will be a tough task to reverse those woos as SMU allows opposing opponents 55.4 points per game with a 34.5 field goal percentage.

Betting Trends:

Southern Methodist:

Team record: 19-5 SU,10-10-1 ATS
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Southern Methodist’s last 12 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Houston
Southern Methodist is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games 

Houston:


Houston is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games 
Team record: 9-13 SU,7-13 ATS
Houston is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games 
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 8 games 

Next up:

Southern Methodist home to Connecticut Saturday, February 14

Houston at Central Florida Sunday, February 15

Sports Rumble Free NCAA Basketball Pick: SMU Mustangs -10.5 (Bovada)

With a win tonight, SMU will win their sixth consecutive game on the road, something they have not done in 43 years. I believe the mustangs will come out victorious simply because of their strong defensive play and strong shooting behind the arc. It does help that the cougars are ranked last in the AAC in FG%.

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