SMU vs Houston Predictions, Picks, Tips, 1/15/2020
Game: SMU Mustangs vs Houston Cougars
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Location: Fertitta Center in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Houston -8
The SMU Mustangs head to Fertitta Center to take on the Houston Cougars on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. The opening line for this game has Houston as 8 point favorites.
SMU heads into this matchup with a mark of 12-3. They currently have a point differential of 9.7 as they are averaging 77.7 points per contest while giving up 68.1 per game. Houston has an overall mark of 12-4. They are averaging 76.3 points per contest and giving up 65.7, which is a point differential of 10.6.
Valuable SMU Mustangs Betting Trends
The SMU Mustangs are 8-6-1 against the spread this season
The SMU Mustangs are 10-5-0 against the over/under this year
Important Houston Cougars Betting Trends
The Houston Cougars are 9-7-0 against the spread this season
The Houston Cougars are 10-6-0 against the over/under this year
Key SMU Mustangs Injuries
11/14/19 F Jahmar Young Jr. Redshirt is out for season
Key Houston Cougars Injuries
11/16/19 F J'Wan Roberts Hand is out for season
Tyson Jolly comes into this game averaging 14.6 points per contest while playing 34.5 minutes per night this year. He grabs 6.3 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.8 assists per game. His FG percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is 72%. Isiaha Mike averages 15.9 points per contest in 31.2 minutes per game. He averages 1.9 assists per game and 7.1 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 53% for the season while his free throw percentage is 91%.
Quentin Grimes scores 13.5 points per contest while playing 30.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.8 rebounds per contest and has 2.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 65%. Caleb Mills averages 12.9 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 22.1 minutes per game. He also brings in 2.6 rebounds per game and has 1.1 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 72%.
Useful Team Statistics
SMU averages 77.7 points per contest, which is 49th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 9.7 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 36th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 115th in the nation. They average 39.5 boards per contest and 16.8 assists per game, which ranks them 46th and 14th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 185th with 13.5 per game. The Mustangs allow 68.1 points per contest, which is 161st in the NCAA. They also surrender a 40% shooting percentage and a 34% average from 3-point range, ranking them 84th and 249th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 31.7 rebounds a game which ranks 43rd, and they allow 14.4 assists per game which puts them in 285th place in the country. They force 12.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 48th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Houston is 76th in the nation with 76.3 points per contest this season. They are 171st in the country in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is 10.6. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 120th in the NCAA. They are 3rd in D-1 in rebounding with 43.0 boards per contest and 153rd in assists per game with 13.7. The Cougars are 300th in turnovers per contest with 11.9. The Cougars give up 65.7 points per game, which ranks them 93rd in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 39% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 37th and 196th in those defensive statistics. They rank 162nd with 12.3 dimes allowed per game and 37th with 31.4 boards surrendered per contest. The Cougars are 28th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 11.8 per contest this year.
The Mustangs are 8th in the nation in offensive rating with 112.9. In terms of pace they are 305th in the country with 67.2 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 41st. As a team they are 22nd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 130th in Division 1. SMU is 182nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.7 times per 100 possessions.
Houston is 322nd in college basketball in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions. The Cougars are 14th in the country in offensive rating with 111.6. In terms of pace they are 267th in Division 1 with 68.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 195th. As a team they are 177th in D-1 in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 260th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's SMU/Houston college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take SMU +8
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