The SMU Mustangs meet with the Tulane Green Wave in an AAC clash on Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs had no issues defeating South Florida on Wednesday night. The Green Wave posted a surprising road win against Wichita State in their latest action. Each team registered a home win in last season's two meetings.
SMU Rebounds with Decisive Road win vs. USF
The SMU Mustangs are targeting their fourth conference win of the season. SMU rebounded from an ugly 77-60 road loss to Cincinnati with a dominating 77-65 home win against USF on Wednesday but did not cover the large 15 point spread. The Mustangs are one of the best teams in the AAC and are playing well. Their best conference victory occurred against UCF earlier this month. The Mustangs have now covered the spread in six out of their last eight clashes overall.
Kendric Davis is a big scoring threat. The senior guard has been inconsistent in conference play but is capable of taking over a game, sporting an average of a team-leading 20.9 PPG accompanied by a stellar 5.1 APG. Marcus Weathers has shot at least 50% in four out of his last five performances. The senior forward is third in team scoring with 10.6 PPG along with 6.9 RPG Emmanuel Bandoumel has reached double-digits in just two out of his last six clashes. The senior guard has recorded an average of 9.8 PPG on the season.
The Mustangs are ranked 78th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and have won two straight road games including a win vs. Tulsa. SMU is averaging 77.1 points, landing them 73rd overall. They are limiting foes to only 68.4 points, tabbing them 181st in DI.
Tulane Stuns Wichita State
The Tulane Green Wave are targeting a third consecutive victory. They continue to shine in AAC play, winning four of their first five conference games including wins against Cincinnati and USF. The Green Wave registered a stunning 68-67 road win against Wichita State on Wednesday in a tilt that had the Green Wave labeled as 8.5 point dogs. They have covered the spread in four out of their last five games overall.
Jalen Cook is having an outstanding season and has now collected at least 17 points in five straight games. The freshman guard has increased his season average to 19.3 PPG on 46% shooting. Jaylen Forbes has tallied at least 20 points in two out of his last three clashes. The sophomore guard is shooting 37% from beyond the arc and is averaging 15.4 PPG on the season. Sion James scored 10 points in Wednesday’s victory. The freshman guard has tallied an average of 7.4 PPG.
The Green Wave are placed 129th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and have won two out of their last three home bouts. Tulane is scoring an average of 72.7 points, landing them 159th in the country. They are conceding an average of 71.9 points, tabbing them 265th.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The SMU Mustangs are having a terrific season and have now won nine out of their last ten games. They are a reliable team as well, covering in six out of their last eight bouts. SMU has earned wins against strong foes in Dayton and UCF. Tulane is playing well but this is a tough matchup.
Furthermore, the Mustang features a much better offense in this clash. They are averaging 6.6 more points per 100 possessions than Tulane. SMU also features stronger defensive numbers. They are limiting foes to 40.1% shooting and only 30.5% from three-point territory.
Full-Game Total Pick
I expect this total to go over. The Mustangs play at a quicker pace than average and the over has been the common trend. They have registered at least 74 points in eight out of their last ten clashes overall, and the under is a convincing 7-3 in that span.
In addition, Tulane is averaging 73 possessions per game and they will contribute to this total. They scored 68 against a great defensive team in Cincinnati and Wichita State. The over is 5-1 in the Mustangs’ last six road games and 5-1 in Tulane’s last six games against a team with a losing road record.