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Tulsa vs SMU Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 1st Betting Odds
Golden Hurricane vs Mustangs Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Tulsa Golden Hurricane at SMU Mustangs
- Where: Dallas at Moody Coliseum
- Date: Sunday, January 1st
- Betting Odds: Tulsa +7.5, TULSA +257 | SMU -341 O/U 140.5
Golden Hurricane Preview:
Coming into today’s matchup, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 4-8. So far, the Golden Hurricane have played 3 games on the road, with a record of 0-3. For the season, Tulsa has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 1-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Golden Hurricane being +7.5 point underdogs.
Tulsa will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Sam Griffin who is averaging 14.42 points per game for the Golden Hurricane. Griffin 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 Golden Hurricane’s offensive gameplan is the play of Brandon Betson who has hit 47.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.17 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Tulsa this season, as they are currently ranked 316th in college basketball at 67.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Hurricane’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 239th in the NCAA.
Through 13 games, the SMU Mustangs have an overall record of 5-8. Currently, the Mustangs have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 4-4. The Mustangs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, SMU has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 3-3.
SMU’s leading scorer this season is Zhuric Phelps who is averaging 19.54 points per contest. So far, Phelps has accounted for 28.64% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.46 rebounds per game and 2.77 assists. Zach Nutall is the second leading scorer for the Mustangs, averaging 14.23 points per game. Between him and Nutall, they are accounting for 49.5% of the team’s scoring.
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 -7.5
According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and SMU Mustangs is to get money down on the SMU to win an cover as -7.5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the home team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 8.77 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the SMU Mustangs at -7.5.
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