Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Mustangs vs Huskies CBB Odds
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16-15 (1-2 N) SMU Mustangs vs. Connecticut Huskies 14-17 (1-3 N)
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: SMU -2
CBB Betting Total: 131
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The AAC is certainly very top heavy this season, with Cincinnati and Wichita State battling it out for supremacy.
These are two team who at their best could give a scare to either but just have not been at their best very often throughout the course of the season.
Way back when this group beat Arizona and it was assumed they would at least be somewhat of a factor in the AAC. Things have really sunk since November.
Shake Milton is out and has not played since January. His 18ppg was the only reliable scoring for this defensive minded group.
SMU has great defensive numbers, 11th in points allowed but you have to be able to score a little bit. They need points from Jahmal McMurray to have a chance of winning anything without Milton.
Ben Emelogu is another player they need to step up. SMU essentially plays a switching 5 guard alignment and they can only succeed when all of its players are performing at their level. The way they play defense this team could surprise.
If history has taught us anything it is that UConn can be a threat when they have a great lead guard. Unfortunately that is not going to be enough this season.
I really like Jalen Adams and his 18ppg is really good but there is just not enough surrounding him to make these Huskies a true threat – though they could advance in this matchup.
This group is notable for their surprising lack of size and lack of depth – two UConn stalwarts. You have to wonder if we may be witnessing the slow decline of the program.
Terry Larrier is the x factor for the Huskies. Any game where he can shoot it well and remember that he is big enough to grab the occasional rebound UConn has a fighting chance.
CBB Betting Trends:
- SMU are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Over is 6-2 in UCONN last 8 overall.
- UCONN are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- UCONN are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thu. games.
Free SMU Mustangs vs. Connecticut Huskies NCAAB Prediction:
This will be a hard call in establishing a favourite. My guess is UConn because at least they have their best player at their disposal.
The Huskies also beat SMU by 11 at home in their only meeting this season. I think that probably gets them something like a -4.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: UConn ATS
Even though they have burned me a bunch of times I will go with the Huskies in this spot. They can extend their season by another day.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Connecticut 71 – SMU 63
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