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Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
When: Thursday, March 14, 8:00 PM. ET.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will be trying to bounce back from their loss to Memphis when they take on the SMU Mustangs in the first round of the AAC tournament on Thursday night.
Mustangs Going For Second Consecutive Win
The Mustangs were able to snap their four-game losing streak with a win over USF in their last game and will be trying to build on the win by defeating the Golden Hurricane, giving them their second win in a row and third win in their last seven games.
Mustangs face Tulsa in 1st round of the @American_MBB Tournament
— SMU Basketball (@SMUBasketball) March 13, 2019
SMU is an average offensive team that is putting up 71.8 points per game. The team is shooting 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range.
Jahmal McMurray leads the way for the Mustangs with 17.8 points and 2.5 assists per game. Ethan Chargois is averaging 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Jimmy Whitt Jr. is averaging 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
The Mustangs have played better on defense and are giving up 70.1 points per game. They gave up 76 points per game in their last three games and will need to do a much better job if they want to get past the Golden Hurricane.
Golden Hurricane Going For Third Win In Four Games
The Golden Hurricane struggled during conference play, but they played well at the end of the season, winning five of their last eight games. They had their two-game winning streak snapped by Memphis in their last game and will be trying to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Mustangs, giving them their third win in their last four games.
— TulsaHurricane (@TulsaHurricane) March 11, 2019
Tulsa played well offensively, averaging 72 points per game. The team shot 45 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.
DaQuan Jeffries leads the way for the Golden Hurricane with 13 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Martins Igbanu is averaging 12.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while Jeriah Horne is averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
The Golden Hurricane played well defensively, holding opponents to 70.9 points per game. They gave up 69.3 points per game in their last three games and will need to keep playing well defensively to give themselves a chance to win this game.
- 24-9 ATS in their last 33 Thursday games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win.
- 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- 11-24-1 ATS in their last 36 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Golden Hurricane have played well against the spread, winning 24 of their last 33 Thursday games. The Mustangs have struggled against the spread, losing five of their last six games following an ATS win and four of their last five games following a straight up win.
Prediction: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Full-Game Total Pick
The Mustangs have played under the total in six of their last eight games following an ATS win and six of their last eight games following a straight up win. The Golden Hurricane have played under the total in 20 of their last 28 games following an ATS win.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Golden Hurricane will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Mustangs in the first half of their last three games, averaging 35.3 points per game while the Mustangs average 33.7 points per game.
Prediction: Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Half-Time Total Bet
The Golden Hurricane and Mustangs are averaging 69 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will stay under the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.