SMU Mustangs vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 11/20/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: SMU Mustangs vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Monday, November 20, 2023
Location: Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, FL
The SMU Mustangs (3-1) are on their way to Suncoast Credit Union Arena on Monday where they will take on the West Virginia Mountaineers (2-1).
The SMU Mustangs stepped onto the hardwood against Texas A&M and took a loss by a final of 79-66 in their last contest. SMU walked away from the contest with a 35.4% FG percentage (23 out of 65) and converted 10 of their 23 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Mustangs converted 10 of 13 attempts for a percentage of 76.9%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they earned 36 with 14 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 15 assists in the matchup in addition to creating 7 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In the matter of defending, SMU allowed 37.3% from the field on 25 of 67 shooting. Texas A&M dished out 14 dimes and had 11 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Texas A&M totaled 41 rebounds (16 offensive, 25 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Texas A&M finished the contest at 81.5% at the charity stripe by knocking down 22 of their 27 attempts. They also converted 7 of 25 tries from beyond the arc. When talking about personal fouls, the Mustangs ended up with 24 while Texas A&M totaled 15 personal fouls.
Chuck Harris is a player who was a contributor for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 21 points on 8 of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins and also snagged 1 board. He finished the contest at 47.1% from the floor and also earned 2 assists.
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SMU will enter this matchup with a mark of 3-1 for the campaign. They are averaging 79.0 pts per contest (132nd in college basketball) while hitting 41.0% from the field. The Mustangs are hitting 30.3% on 3-point shots (27 of 89) and 70.7% from the free throw line. As a team, SMU is pulling in 46.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 66 dimes this season, which has them ranked 73rd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.5 times per game and as a team they are committing 18.8 personal fouls per game.
Defensively, the Mustangs are forcing their opponents into 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.8 fouls. They relinquish 26.7% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 108th in college basketball in opponents PPG (65.5). The Mustangs defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 36.9% (90 of 244) and they surrender 37.5 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 280th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 58 conceded for the year.
The last time they took the court, the West Virginia Mountaineers got the victory with a final of 70-57 against Jacksonville State. Regarding rebounding, West Virginia allowed Jacksonville State to pull down 32 overall (10 offensive). They finished shooting 38.5% from three-point range by shooting 10 of 26 and ended up shooting 5 out of 10 from the free throw line (50.0%). The Mountaineers permitted Jacksonville State to bury 21 of their 61 tries from the floor which left them shooting 34.4% in this contest. When the final whistle was blown, the Mountaineers walked away from this one shooting 23 out of 45 from the field which had them shooting 51.1%. In the matter of shots from beyond the arc, West Virginia buried 8 of 19 tries (42.1%). They were able to bury 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 64.0%. Jacksonville State was called for 20 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Mountaineers to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 5 steals for the contest. The Mountaineers pulled down 29 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 33 in the game.
Kobe Johnson was important for the Mountaineers for this contest. He made 7 out of 17 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 41.2%, and accounted for 6 rebounds. He had 19 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood and earned 5 dimes for the matchup.
West Virginia has a win-loss mark of 2-1 for the year. When it comes to offense, the Mountaineers are connecting on 37.7% from the floor, which is ranked 338th in the country. West Virginia has scored 202 pts on the season (67.3 per game) and they pull down 39.3 boards per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.0 times per contest (210th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 9.7 times per game. The Mountaineers are committing 13.0 personal fouls every game and they go 70.6% from the free throw line.
The Mountaineers are ranked 66th in college hoops in points allowed per game with 63.0. They are forcing 9.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 38.1% from the floor (72nd in college basketball). The West Virginia defense surrenders 37.2% on shots from behind the 3-point line (29 of 78) and their opposition makes 62.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 11.7 dimes and 36.0 boards every game, which ranks them 166th and 210th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take SMU
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