SMU vs. Houston - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Houston Cougars (20-5) at Southern Methodist Mustangs (17-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Moody Coliseum)
The Line: Southern Methodist Mustangs +2 -- Over/Under: 139
The Houston Cougars and SMU Mustangs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Moody Coliseum.
The Houston Cougars look to stay hot after winning 14 of their last 16 games. The Houston Cougars are averaging 73.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 62.6 points on 37.7 percent shooting. Caleb Mills is averaging 13.1 points and 2.3 rebounds while Quentin Grimes is averaging 12.2 points and 3.8 rebounds. Nate Hinton is the third double-digit scorer and Fabian White Jr. is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Houston Cougars are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Houston Cougars are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Houston Cougars have won five of their last seven road games.
The SMU Mustangs look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The SMU Mustangs are averaging 78.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Kendric Davis is averaging 16.6 points and 4.4 rebounds while Isiaha Mike is averaging 15.6 points and two assists. Tyson Jolly is the third double-digit scorer and Feron Hunt is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The SMU Mustangs are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The SMU Mustangs are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.6 rebounds per game. The SMU Mustangs haven’t lost a home game since December 7.
The road team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Houston Cougars are the better and more consistent team, and they come into this contest playing elite defense, which includes holding teams to 35.6 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. With that said, the SMU Mustangs aren't a team to look past, as they have a nice winning stretch of their own, and they win at home by an average of 13.4 points while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from deep. The meeting between these clubs about a month ago was also competitive, and that was with SMU shooting just 40 percent from the field. The Mustangs could win this outright. Give me the free bucket.