Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (3-6) vs SMU Mustangs (5-3)Date : 12/02/2018
Time : 3:00 pm EST
Location : Moody Coliseum, University Park, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles vs SMU Mustangs
The Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts University will travel to Moody Coliseum in University Park, Texas, to battle the Southern Methodist Mustangs on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Golden Eagles have had a rough go of it thus far in the season in losing five of their last seven, yet, picking up a victory in their last outing versus the James Madison Dukes on the road by a 78-69 score as they outscored the Dukes 15-8 in the extra period after James Madison rallied in the second half to force overtime.
On the other hand, the Mustangs come into this matchup on a high after winning their third straight game versus Steve McNeese State Cowboys as they picked up the 91 – 59 home win on Thursday night as Jahmal McMurray along with Isiaha Mike aaving 19 and 18 points, respectively, for SMU in the victory.
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles's Latest Performance :
The wins for the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts have come far and few in between thus far in 2018 as they have had way too many losses sandwiched in between a win here and there all season. With that being the case, they halted a two-game losing streak with a win over the James Madison Dukes in their last outing as the offense continued to struggle in shooting only 42% from the field along with nailing only six of 17 three-pointers on the night; However, it’s defense made the difference in allowing James Madison to shoot only 36% from the floor while giving up only 4 of 18 3-point attempts.
And despite committing 22 turnovers for the game, the Golden Eagles heavily outrebounded the Dukes in this matchup by a 38-27 margin en route to the victory. Emmanuel Nzekwesi led the team with 22 points off the bench along with 12 rebounds in which so Spark the offense for Oral Roberts while Kevin Obanor also chipped in 14 points along with pulling down 13 rebounds. And while there is certainly talent within the lineup for Oral Roberts, their offense has simply had to deal with bouts of inconsistency throughout the season, particularly in critical moments within games where execution is pivotal.
SMU Mustangs's Latest Performance :
The Mustangs dominated their last matchup versus the McNeese State Cowboys as they not only possessed four starters who each scoring in double-figures while the team shot 53% from the floor for the night while connecting on 11 3-pointers. The Mustangs also heavily outrebounded the Cowboys by a 35-20 margin while also caused 15 turnovers.
On the other hand, the defense for SMU allowed McNeese State to shoot 46% from the floor in this contest yet the Cowboys were only able to sink four of 17 three-pointers on the night. For the season, the Mustangs are averaging 77 points per game on 46% shooting from the floor per night while the defense is allowing opponents to score an average of 69 points per game while teams are shooting a tad under 46% from the field. Nonetheless, SMU has been clicking on both sides of the floor recently as they have won each of their last two games by at least 14 points entering this match up with Oral Roberts. As stated, they certainly will be looking to carry this momentum into this contest while also obtaining a much-needed victory.
How Oral Roberts Golden Eagles & SMU Mustangs Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Oral Roberts is 2 – 4 ATS while the OU is 4 – 2
Southern Methodist is 3 – 5 ATS while the OU is 7 – 2
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this game to be an interesting matchup as SMU will look to continue its hot shooting into their matchup with the Golden Eagles on Sunday afternoon. On the other hand, Orel Roberts will look to draw from the momentum and confidence gained from halting a two-game losing streak to provide a bit of momentum entering this game against a solid SMU squad. It is for this reason that I expect the focus to be there for both teams as each offense will be looking for much more consistency while going up against two defenses that are also looking to play much better moving forward.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Southern Methodist Mustangs
My reason for the pick :
Look for the Mustangs come out with the victory in this matchup as they will grind out a victory due to their ability to utilize prior momentum in which to continue their solid play on the offensive end throughout. Also, look for the Mustangs to show and prove on the defensive end as well as they have certainly limited their opponents ability to score points in their last two outings. In all, expect the home team to come out with a hard-fought victory versus a Golden Eagles squad that is simply too up and down on the season in which to seriously consider backing.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
While much credit can be given to the Mustangs defense, which has totally dominated their opponents in their last couple games, the fact is that the over has been the play in every one of their contests for 2018 except one, which happened to be their first matchup of the season. And while their overall team defense has been suspect this year, the offense for Orel Roberts has really raised their game in which to accommodate for this deficiency. With that being said, look for both teams to have solid nights on the offensive end as the over will indeed be the strong play in what would be a competitive match up amongst these two squads desperately looking for a win.
Betting trends for Oral Roberts Golden Eagles:
- The Golden Eagles are 1-3 ATS and last 4 games
- The over is 4-0 in Golden Eagles last 4 games
Betting trends for SMU Mustangs:
- The Mustangs are 3-5 ATS the last 8 games
- The over is 5-0 and Mustangs last 5 games