SMU Mustangs (11-6) vs Memphis Tigers (11-6)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 4:00 pm EST
Location : FedEx Forum, Nashville, Tennessee
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SMU Mustangs vs Memphis Tigers
An intriguing AAC matchup versus the SMU Mustangs and the Memphis Tigers will take place on Saturday afternoon at FedEx Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Memphis Tigers are coming off of a four-point road win versus the Green Wave of Tulane in their last outing as they were able to hold off a late rally by Tulane, after going up by 15 points at the half, by shooting 46% from the floor while holding Tulane to well under 40% shooting while also permitting them to convert on just three of 22 3-point attempts during the contest en route to the victory. Also, Memphis was able to get 27 points along with five rebounds from leading scorer Jeremiah Martin in the win as leading scorer for the season, Kyvon Davenport, went 7-12 from the field while ending with 17 points as well.
And while the Mustangs have certainly had an outstanding season thus far, they have certainly hit a rough patch in losing two of their last three outings as their last defeat came at the hands of the Houston Cougars at home in their last time out as they posted just 58 points on 38% shooting. In addition to this, SMU was only allowed to convert on just 5 of 24 3-point attempts during the contest while allowing the Cougars to connect on nine of 22 attempts in addition to also shooting 43% from the floor in the loss.
SMU Mustangs's Latest Performance :
During a four-game winning stretch for the Mustangs recently, they posted 81 points or more in three of these outings. Nonetheless, they have since averaged just 64 points per game as they are losers of two of their last three games, overall. In their last outing versus the Houston Cougars, they could get nothing going on the offensive end for the majority of the contest as they posted just 22 points at halftime while shooting just 38% from the floor on the night. Furthermore, the Mustangs were able to convert on just 5 of 24 3-point attempts on the night as Jimmy Whitt Jr led the team with 20 points while pulling down six boards in addition to dishing out six assists in the loss. On the other hand, leading scorer for the season in Jahmal McMurray struggled on the night in going 3-14 from the floor while ending with just 11 points.
A relatively solid defense for SMU was he bit uncharacteristic in this contest in allowing 46% shooting from the floor to Houston while the Cougars were also able to land 9 3-pointers on the night as Corey Davis Jr along with Armani Brooks led the team with 20 and 19 points, respectively, in the much-needed conference victory. In all, look for the SMU Mustangs to bring the focus and intensity for this matchup versus a surging Memphis Tigers squad. Of course, McMurray will certainly be looking to get back onto the court for SMU as, despite his lackluster outing versus Houston, has posted at least 20 points or more in three of the last five games for the Mustangs, overall.
Memphis Tigers's Latest Performance :
The Memphis Tigers continue to rebound from a loss to the Houston Cougars recently by picking up their second straight victory over the Tulane Green Wave on the road as they took a 15-point lead at the break while having to withstand a second-half rally by Tulane in which to pick up a hard-fought victory in the end. Despite having four turnovers on the night, Memphis was led by Jeremiah Martin, who posted 27 points in the victory, as stated, while going 5-8 from three-point range. Leading scorer for the Tigers throughout the season in Kyvon Davenport ended the game with 17 points as well as Memphis went just six of 21 from 3-point range yet shot 45% from the floor.
On the other hand, the Tigers defense was certainly as solid as ever as they allowed 38% shooting to Tulane on the night while allowing them to convert on just three of 18 3-point attempts as Kevin Zhang went 2-7 from three-point range, yet led the team with 25 points in defeat.
And while one can certainly point to the fact that Memphis took their foot off the gas in the second half of this contest, they continued to possess the resilience in which two not only hit pivotal shots, when needed, in the second half, while also being able to lock down the Tulane offense late in the game in which to pull out the victory. They will certainly need to carry this type of defensive intensity in this matchup vs an SMU Mustangs team that has struggled on the offensive end recently, yet can potentially be a dangerous offensive squad, if given the opportunity.
How SMU Mustangs & Memphis Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
SMU is 7 – 10 ATS while the OU is 9 – 8
Memphis is 9 – 7 – 1 ATS while the OU is 11 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be yet another interesting matchup this weekend as the Mustangs of SMU will be looking to right themselves after a rough patch of play, recently, as stated. On the other hand, Memphis will certainly be looking to continue their recent momentum in winning their third-straight matchup. In all, Memphis has won six of their last eight home games, overall, along with five straight and will certainly bring this momentum into this matchup on Saturday. SMU, on the other hand, has won two of their last three road games.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Memphis Tigers
My reason for the pick :
Look for SMU to struggle, once more, in this matchup versus the Memphis Tigers as the home team will certainly possess a huge amount of confidence and momentum throughout this contest due to their recent play. And while SMU will certainly bring their A-game in this contest in which to get back on the winning track, the Memphis Tigers will push the pace constantly in this contest in which to catch the Mustangs on its heels on the defensive end. With this type of philosophy, expect Memphis to come out with a hard-fought victory while also potentially increasing its position within the AAC.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
And while the home team will certainly come out with a slim victory in this contest on Saturday, one must also understand that the under has been the play in the majority of games for the Mustangs as the defense has been the tip of the spear in their success in 2018-19. With that being said, look for these trends to continue for SMU as their defense will certainly come to play throughout this matchup. Unfortunately, Memphis will do a much better job late in the game in converting on the offensive end in which to pick up the much-needed victory.
Betting trends for SMU Mustangs:
- The Mustangs are 1-3 against the spread in the last four games
The under is 6-0 in Mustangs last six games
Betting trends for Memphis Tigers:
- The Tigers are 1-3 against the spread in last 4 games
The Over is 4 – 1 in Tigers last 5 games