Texas Christian Horned Frogs (5-1) vs Southern Methodist Mustangs (6-3)Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 10:00 pm EST
Location : Moody Coliseum, University Park, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs Southern Methodist Mustangs
The TCU Horned Frogs will travel to Moody Coliseum in University Park, Texas, to battle the Southern Methodist Mustangs on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Both of these teams have had exceptional seasons thus far in 2018 with SMU winning their fourth straight game in their last outing versus the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts University by a 79-67 score as the Mustangs were red-hot from the floor in the first half while taking a 42-23 halftime lead en route to the victory.
On the other hand, the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian picked up their second straight win as they destroyed the Central Michigan Chippewas by an 89-62 score as TCU also put the game out of reach due to their hot first-half shooting as they went up at the half by a 46-26 score while cruising in the second half.
Texas Christian Horned Frogs's Latest Performance :
For the season, TCU has only allowed one opponent to score 70 or more points as they suffered a 73- 64 home loss to Lipscomb. Coincidentally enough, Lipscomb also defeated the Mustangs on their home court, also, by a 79-73 score earlier in the season. Nonetheless, TCU and its solid defense has certainly been the tip of the spear for this team in 2018. The offense, led by Desmond Bane who averages 16 point per game, led the team in scoring in their last outing versus Central Michigan as he put up 24 points on the night while going 8-11 from the field in addition to 4 – 6 from 3-point range as the Horned Frogs shot well over 50% from the field for the game.
On the other hand, their defense allowed only 32% shooting for the night for the Chippewas while the visitors were only able to convert only three of 23 3-point attempts during the contest. In all, this has been the way in which TCU has been able to pick up victories early in this season. They rely on a strong, solid defense in which to allow for easy opportunities within transition. This philosophy has certainly been well to them as they will certainly look to continue their winning ways versus an SMU team that is equally as impressive on the defensive end, as well.
Southern Methodist Mustangs's Latest Performance :
While the Mustangs of SMU are currently on a four-game winning streak, they have certainly stepped things up on the offensive end in their last two games as they are currently averaging 85 points per game in their last two outings. On the other hand, the defense has really locked down opposing offenses as they were only able to average 64 points during this time. In their last outing versus the Golden Eagles, the Mustangs allowed the visitors to shoot 12-25 from long range for the night; However, Oral Roberts shot only 43% from the floor, overall, while also being outrebounded heavily by a 36-24 margin for the game.
Offensively, the Mustangs were led by Ethan Chargois with 17 points along with nine rebounds while Jahmal McMurray finished with 16 points on the night while going 2-4 from long range. In all, the Mustangs have picked up some serious momentum due to their last couple wins and will certainly look to continue their play versus a TCU team that is only allowing 66 points per game on 38% shooting for opponents all season. In other words, obtaining a win in this matchup will certainly not be easy for an SMU team that is currently shooting 48% from the floor on the year.
How Texas Christian Horned Frogs & Southern Methodist Mustangs Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
TCU is 2 – 4 ATS while the OU is 2 – 4
SMU is 3 – 6 ATS while the OU is 8 – 1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a competitive and, possibly, low scoring matchup where both offenses will find it hard to get going versus two talented and aggressive defenses for TCU as well as with the defense for the Horned Frogs. Nonetheless, expect this matchup to be exciting as both teams will certainly be seeking a much-needed win. This game will also be interesting in that this will be the first road game for the Horned Frogs all season.
Against The Spread Selection: Picsk: Southern Methodist Mustangs
My reason for the pick :
While I expect TCU to certainly bring their A game, particularly on the defensive end, I will also back the home team Mustangs to come out with a solid win in this contest. And while their offense has struggled a bit in 2018, I will expect the Mustangs hit some critical shots late in the game in which to create some separation from a motivated and solid squad in TCU. Again, this game will certainly be competitive yet the Mustangs will come out on top in the end due to their ability to convert late in the game.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I feel as though the under will certainly be the strong choice in this matchup in that you will have to top ranked defenses going up against average offenses that have been up and down throughout the season. With that being the case, expect the total for this game to remain well below what will be set as this will certainly be a low-scoring, slower-paced contest throughout.
Betting trends for Texas Christian Horned Frogs:
- The Horned Frogs are 2 – 6 ATS the last 8 games
- The under is 8-2 in Horned Frogs last 10 games
Betting trends for Southern Methodist Mustangs:
- The Mustangs are 2 – 4 ATS the last six games
- The over is 5-0 in Mustangs last five games