Memphis Tigers vs SMU Mustangs Prediction, 3/2/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Memphis Tigers vs SMU Mustangs
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Location: Moody Coliseum in University Park, TX
Moody Coliseum is the site where the SMU Mustangs (10-19) will go up against the Memphis Tigers (22-7) on Thursday.
The Memphis Tigers faced off with Cincinnati and took home the win by a score of 76-73 in their last game. With respect to fouls, the Tigers ended up with 16 and Cincinnati totaled 17 fouls. They buried 10 of their 27 tries from 3-point land. Cincinnati finished the game shooting 55.6% at the charity stripe by converting 5 of their 9 shots. Additionally, Cincinnati snagged 34 rebounds (8 offensive, 26 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Cincinnati doled out 17 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. Regarding defending, Memphis allowed the other team to shoot 49.2% from the field on 29 out of 59 shooting. They also doled out 10 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 20 turnovers and earning 15 steals. When discussing getting rebounds, they compiled 28 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Tigers made 13 of 17 shots for a rate of 76.5%. Memphis wrapped up the contest having earned a 46.2% FG percentage (30 of 65) and buried 3 of their 15 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Kendric Davis is someone who had an impact for this contest. He totaled 22 points on 8 of 22 shooting. He played 37 mins and also snagged 4 rebounds. He finished 36.4% from the field and also recorded 3 assists.
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Memphis comes into this matchup with a mark of 22-7 so far this season. They currently have an average of 79.9 points per outing (24th in the nation) while going 48.3% from the field. The Tigers are hitting 33.8% from downtown (166 of 491) and 73.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Memphis is pulling down 35.8 rebounds per game and has 452 assists for the season, which has them ranked 56th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per contest and as a group they commit 18.5 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Tigers are forcing their opponents into 15.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.8 personal fouls. They currently rank 241st in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 401 relinquished for the year. The Tigers are giving up a FG percentage of 40.9% (713 of 1,742) and they relinquish 34.7 rebounds per game as a unit. They are conceding 31.6% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 272nd in D-1 in opponents PPG (73.2).
In their last game, the SMU Mustangs took a loss by a score of 71-67 when they played South Florida. The Mustangs were able to collect 18 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 25 in this contest. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while recording 9 steals in this matchup. South Florida committed 17 fouls in the matchup which took the Mustangs to the charity stripe for a total of 22 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 63.6%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, SMU converted 7 of their 23 attempts (30.4%). When the game finished, the Mustangs finished shooting 23 for 53 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.4%. The Mustangs allowed South Florida to convert 23 of their 46 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 38.1% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 8 of 21 and finished the game at 17 out of 26 at the charity stripe (65.4%). Concerning team rebounding, SMU permitted South Florida to collect 32 overall (7 offensive).
Zhuric Phelps was important for the Mustangs in the matchup. He converted 7 of 15 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 46.7%, and added 5 rebounds. He recorded 22 points in his 36 minutes on the court and accounted for 2 dimes for this contest.
SMU has a win-loss record of 10-19 this year. The Mustangs commit 17.4 personal fouls every game and they go 66.0% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 13.7 times per game (147th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.8 times per game. SMU has 2,042 pts for the year (70.4 per game) and they snag 35.1 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Mustangs are hitting on 42.4% from the floor, which ranks 299th in the nation.
The Mustangs defensively are ranked 308th in college hoops in points allowed per game with 74.6. They are able to force 13.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.7% from the field (252nd in college basketball). The SMU defense allows 33.8% on shots from beyond the arc (219 of 647) and their opposition makes 71.0% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 15.0 dimes and 37.9 boards per contest, which is ranked 336th and 345th in those categories.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take SMU
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