SMU vs Indiana State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/20/24

Indiana State (27-6) vs SMU (20-12)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Hulman Center)

Betting Odds: Indiana State -7.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Indiana State Sycamores and the SMU Mustangs will meet this Wednesday in the NIT Round of 32 in Terre Haute from the Hulman Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a SMU vs Indiana State Prediction.

  • The SMU recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Indiana State recent form and recent player performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving SMU 
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Indiana State 
  • Recent betting trends in games played between SMU vs Indiana State 
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between SMU vs Indiana State.

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SMU Preview: Mustangs Slumping into the Midwest

SMU comes in at 20-11 after losing to Temple in the 2nd Round of the AAC Championship, 75-60. The Mustangs ran into a hot Owls team, and they’ll attempt to keep their season alive here in Terre Haute. SMU is scoring 76.9 points per game, on 44.8% shooting, and they’re 6-4 over their last ten games.

SMU's Impact Players

  • Junior guard Zhuric Phelps struggled in the ECU victory, but he still leads SMU in scoring (14.7).  
  • Butler transfer Chuck Harris led the way with 16 points in the road win over East Carolina, and he’s up to 13.2 ppg and a team-leading 3.5 apg.  
  • Senior forward Samuel Williamson grabbed 13 boards against the Pirates, and he leads the Mustangs in rebounding (7.5), while scoring 8.8 ppg. 

Indiana State Preview: Sycamores Streaking Into SMU Matchup

Indiana State improved to 28-6 after losing to Drake in the MVC Final by four, 84-80. The Sycamores had their tourney-bid stolen by the Bulldogs, and they’ll attempt to make the best of their high seeding here in the NIT versus the Mustangs. Indiana St. is scoring 84.4 points per game, on 50.5% shooting, while allowing 72.1 ppg, and they’re 8-2 over their previous ten games.

Indiana State’s Impact Players 

  • Sophomore center Robbie Avila has hit the 21-point in five of the last seven games, and he leads Indiana State in scoring (17.4), rebounding (6.8), and assists (3.9). 
  • Southern Indiana transfer Isaiah Swope has knocked down three triples or more in three of the last four games, and he’s second on the team at 16.5 ppg.  
  • Indianapolis native Ryan Conwell paced the Bulldogs with 21 points in the February 1st win over Drake, and he’s averaging 16.1 ppg and 5.5 rpg. 

Southern Methodist Mustangs Team Facts

  • SMU has hit the Game Total Under in 5 of their last 6 games.
  • SMU has only hit the Team Total Over in 13 of their last 30 games.

Indiana State Sycamores Team Facts

  • Indiana State has hit the 1H Moneyline in 25 of their last 34 games

SMU vs Indiana State Prediction:

SMU struggled to score down the stretch, and there’s a chance those struggles continue here on this cross country trip. Indiana State was a few plays away from making the Big Dance, and if they come out motivated, they’ll have a chance to end the Mustangs season. I like Indiana State to win this game, but with the total sitting a bit high, let’s test these two schools with the Under for this NIT matchup. 

Corey’s Pick SMU/INST To Go UNDER

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