SMU Mustangs (10-4) vs Uconn Huskies (9-6)Date : 01/10/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Harry A Gampel Pavilion, Storrs Connecticut
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SMU Mustangs vs Uconn Huskies
The Mustangs of Southern Methodist will travel to Harry A Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut, to battle the UConn Huskies on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. After a great start to the season, the Huskies have now found themselves in a rough patch as they are losers of the three straight games, with their last being at home vs a tough Central Florida Knights team as the Huskies struggled from the floor in shooting just 32% on the night while they were only able to connect on 6 out of 20 attempts from three-point range during the game. On the other hand, the Knights were able to shoot over 50% from the floor while also getting to the free-throw line to the tune of 29 times for the contest, total, compared to just 11 times for UConn.
On the other hand, SMU won their fourth straight game as they took care of the Tulane Green Wave on the road as the Mustangs went up by 10 points at the half while cruising to victory in the second behind a decent shooting night from 3 point range in going 7 – 19 with Aubrey Dawkins and BJ Taylor leading the team with 23 points and 13 points, respectively, in the much-needed victory. The home team is 7-2 against the spread in the last nine meetings among these two teams.
SMU Mustangs's Latest Performance :
There’s no question that the Mustangs have certainly bounced back marvelously from a loss to the TCU Horned Frogs on December 5th of 2018, as they have won their last four games, with their last victory being on the road versus the Green Wave of Tulane as they certainly did not shoot well from the field in only converting on 40% of their shots while connecting on 7 of 19 3-point attempts for the day. However, their defense was able to hold their opponents to just 34% shooting from the floor along with a terrible 21% from three-point range as Samir Sehic along with Jordan Cornish led the team with 20 and 17 points, respectively.
On the other hand, Leading scorer for the team in 2018, Jahmal McMurray, led the team, once again, with 25 points as he went 5-9 from three-point range in the victory. And while the Green Wave slightly outrebounded their opponents in this contest, SMU was certainly able to get to the free-throw line as they finished 19-26 in this area.
As stated, SMU controlled the pace of this game throughout as they went up by 10 points at the half while cruising to victory in the second stanza as McMurray continued to hit big shot after big shot en route to the all-important victory. The Mustangs will now take to the road in which to battle a UConn team that is experiencing a devastating losing skid at this point in the season and desperately in need of a win. The Mustangs are 2-0 in the last two road games and will certainly look forward to the challenge that awaits when facing a UConn team that will pull out all the stops in which to pick up a victory at home.
Uconn Huskies's Latest Performance :
The Huskies of UConn have really stunk on the defensive end of the floor during their current losing streak; However, their offense, which has not been known to score very much at all this season, has struggled even more during this time as they are averaging just 62 points per game as they have dropped four of their last six games, overall. In their last matchup versus the Central Florida Knights at home, the Huskies could get nothing going on the offensive end as they were relegated to shooting just 32% from the floor while connecting on just six of 20 3-point attempts as Alterique Gilbert along with Christian Vital led the way with 18 and 15 points, respectively, in which to lead the Huskies.
On the other hand, the Central Florida Knights, who have struggled on the offensive end, at times, throughout the season, were able to shoot well over 50% from the floor on this night while going 5-11 from three-point range as Aubrey Dawkins along with BJ Taylor combined to go 3-6 in this area while leading the team with 23 and 12 points in the all-important conference victory. It would be important to note that both teams turned the ball over frequently in this matchup, however, the Huskies did so 17 times throughout the ball game, which certainly did not bode well for them picking up the much-needed victory.
Nonetheless, the Huskies well attempt to regroup in this matchup vs an SMU team that has been on a roll lately in winning four straight games while eclipsing the 80 point mark in three of these contests. On the other hand, the solid defense for the Mustangs have only allowed opponents to score in an average of 64 points during this time.
How SMU Mustangs & Uconn Huskies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
SMU is 6-8 against the spread while the OU is 9 – 5
UConn is 7 – 8 against the spread while the OU is 8 – 7
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Huskies are winners of five of their last seven games at home and, again, will certainly be looking for a win in which to temporarily stop their bleeding, so to speak. With that being said, look for them to push the ball consistently in this matchup in which to gain some easy buckets in transition while keeping the defense for SMU on its heels. On the other hand, look for SMU to slow this game down considerably in which team playe their style of game: A tough, slow-paced type of flow which allows its defense to shine.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: SMU Mustangs
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Mustangs to win in this contest as they will rely on their defense in which to neutralize an already inconsistent offense for the Huskies in which to pull out a much-needed road, conference victory. As I stated, the Mustangs are undefeated in their last two road games and while the Huskies have certainly played well at home, they continue to struggle at this point and will likely do so in this contest as their offense will, once again, let them down in the end has the Mustangs will sneak out with a victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
With the way in which the UConn offense has performed lately, I expect the under to be the play as the Mustangs defense will certainly neutralize them, once again, in this contest on Friday night. Also, the under has been the play in five of the last six games for the Huskies while also being the result in four of the last five games for the Mustangs, thus signaling that the trends will continue in this matchup vs two solid defenses that will be going up against two middle of the road to below-average offenses.
Betting trends for SMU Mustangs:
- Under is 6-2 in Mustangs last 8 road games.
Mustangs are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 Thu. games.
Betting trends for Uconn Huskies:
- No trends to report