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Tulane vs SMU Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds
Green Wave vs Mustangs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Tulane Green Wave at SMU Mustangs
- Where: Dallas at Moody Coliseum
- Date: Wednesday, January 11th
- Betting Odds: Tulane -4.5, TULANE -204 | SMU +163 O/U 150.0
Green Wave Preview:
Tulane heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 10-5. So far, the Green Wave have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 3-2. This season, Tulane has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 8-5. For today’s contest, Tulane has a betting line set -4.5 points in their favor.
Tulane will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jaylen Forbes who is averaging 17.87 points per game for the Green Wave. Forbes is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Green Wave’s offensive game plan is the play of Kevin Cross who has hit 48.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.47 points per game.
On offense, Tulane comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 392nd in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Green Wave’s are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.1 points per game. So far, 38.63% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.4%.
Coming into today’s matchup, the SMU Mustangs are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 6-10. Currently, the Mustangs have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 5-4. So far, the Mustangs have been the underdog 9 times, going 2-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.
Important to the outcome of the game, is if Zhuric Phelps will be able to suit up for the Mustangs’. Heading into play, Phelps leads the team at 17.53 points per game. So far, he has an effective field goal percentage of 45.4% while also adding 3.93 rebounds. Even if Zhuric Phelps ends up playing, SMU will be counting on Zach Nutall to continue his solid play for the team. Currently, Nutall is the Mustangs’ second leading scorer at 13.75 points per game. So far, he has hit 42.8% of his field goal attempts.
On offense, SMU comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 446th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Mustangs’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. So far, 42.57% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.3%.
Free Spread Prediction: SMU Mustangs +4.5
Heading into this matchup between the Tulane Green Wave and SMU Mustangs we have a strong lean on taking the points with SMU at +4.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for SMU to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the SMU Mustangs at +4.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.