Tulsa takes on SMU in American Athletic Conference action on Saturday night from Dallas.
Tough loss for Tulsa
Tulsa fell on Thursday night to Cincinnati, 70-65 in overtime at home. The Golden Hurricane were led by 14 points from DaQuan Jeffries, who also had five turnovers. Tulsa blew a 57-51 lead with 1:16 left but couldn’t hold on as the Bearcats made big shots down the stretch. Tulsa also made just 14-of-24 from the line (61.9%) and turned the ball over a whopping 21 times in defeat. They shot 41.3 percent from the field and did hold Cincinnati to 41.5 percent from the field (9-31 3pt).
Jeffries leads Tulsa with 13.8 points per game, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest. The Golden Hurricane are 1-2 in the American after losing to Houston and beating USF. They are 9-1 at home and 2-4 away from home. On the season, they average 71.2 points per game on 45 percent shooting (35% 3pt). They allow 68.1 points per game o 40.3 percent shooting (32.4% 3pt).
Streak is broken at UConn
SMU rolled into UConn with a four-game winning streak, which included conference wins over East Carolina by 28 and Tulane on the road by nine. But the Mustangs fell to the Huskies, 76-64 on Thursday, despite 20 points and 10 rebounds from Jimmy Whitt Jr. Jahmal McMurray added 15 points but was held to 1-of-9 from 3-point range. SMU was held to 34.8 percent shooting and 3-of-23 from beyond the arc. UConn made 52.4 percent of their shots and 9-of-19 from beyond the arc.
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On the season, SMU averages 75.5 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting (34.6% 3pt). They allow 67.1 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting (34.5% 3pt). McMurray leads the Mustangs with 18.5 points per game, while Whitt leads in assists (4.2), rebounds (6.7), field goal percentage (51.3%) and steals (2.0).
- 7-19-1 ATS last 27 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 7-2 ATS last 9 road games.
- 7-3 ATS last 10 overall.
- Road team is 21-5-1 ATS last 27 in this series.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
For some reason, Tulsa just seems to cover on the road against SMU. They’ve covered 7 of the last 8, not including last season. SMU has beaten up on some bad teams and Tulsa is not a bad squad. They had won five straight and six of seven before the Cincinnati loss.
Prediction: Tulsa +7.5
Full-Game Total Pick
SMU has gone under in four straight games and five of six. At home, they are allowing just 64.1 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting. Tulsa is giving up just 68.1 points per game and 40.3 percent shooting (32.4% 3pt).
Prediction: Under 138