Tulane vs. Southern Methodist - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Southern Methodist Mustangs (18-6) at Tulane Green Wave (10-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse)
The Line: Tulane Green Wave +7 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The SMU Mustangs (18-6, 8-4 CONF) and the Tulane Green Wave (10-15, 2-11 CONF) will meet on Wednesday, February 19th for an American Conference matchup at the Delvin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, LA. The game will be played at 8:00 PM eastern time.
SMU is coming off a big, overtime win over Houston at home, 73-72. SMU has now won back-to-back games (UCONN, Houston). SMU has also won three of their last four overall. Tulane is coming off an 82-57 road loss to Wichita State on the road in their last game. Tulane has now lost nine straight, as the Green Wave has really played poorly in conference play.
SMU scores 75.9 points per game on 46.5% FG shooting this season. The Mustangs’ leading scorer is G Kendric Davis who scores 15.7 PPG. SMU allows 68.9 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +7.0 scoring differential this season. SMU also earns 37.7 rebounds, 16.5 assists, 3.2 blocks, and 5.8 steals per game.
Tulane scores 67.8 points per game on 41.1% FG shooting this season. The Green Wave’s leading scorer is G Teshaun Hightower who averages 15.2 PPG. Tulane gives up 70.6 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -2.8 point differential so far this season. Tulane also earns 30.8 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 8.2 steals per game.
SMU is 13-10-1 ATS this season and 5-5 ATS in their last ten games. SMU is also 5-4 ATS on the road so far this season. Tulane is 12-13 ATS this season and 2-8 ATS in their last ten games. Tulane is also 4-7 ATS at home so far this season. In the first meeting between these two teams, SMU won 82-67 at home.
Tulane has been terrible both on the road and at home in American play. With Tulane not covering in eight of their last ten games, there is no way I can take them against an SMU team that is motivated after a big win over Houston. SMU Mustangs -7 is the play for me.