SMU Mustangs at Tulsa Golden Hurricanes – NCAAM February 3

9:00 p.m. ET – SMU (-3) at Tulsa O/U: 135.5

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
SMU -3 (-117) -163 O 135½ (-110)
Tulsa +3 (-103) +143 U 135½ (-110)

SMU Mustang Logo 101x101The 9-4 Mustangs head to Tulsa to take on the 9-6 Golden Hurricane on Wednesday night in a battle of two teams in the top five of the American Athletic Conference standings. SMU lost 70-48 to No. 5 Houston on the road Sunday afternoon. Tulsa picked up a win at East Carolina on Saturday, 77-68. The Mustangs are led by guard guard Kendric Davis who leads the team with 16.8 points and 7.4 assists per game. Davis has eclipsed 20 points on five occasions this season and the Mustangs are 4-1 in those games. A key absence for SMU in this game will be guard Darius McNeill, who is out with a foot injury. McNeill averages 7.7 points per game and has made 10 starts this season.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane LogoThe Golden Hurricane are led by guard Brandon Rachal who leads the team with 15.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Rachal has scored 12 points or more in eight of his last nine games. In 2021, it is rare to see any teams have a significant home-court advantage. But the Golden Hurricane are 5-1 straight up at home and 4-1 against the spread. As a whole, Tulsa has covered the spread in seven of its last 10 games. Tulsa is known for its sound defense due to its length and athleticism, although at times this season they have been exposed by teams who can get out in transition.

Please Note:
SMU has the capability to push the ball in transition, but it is not something they will do frequently enough to exploit Tulsa. The Mustangs were shut down in the halfcourt against Houston and were completely unable to get fast-break points, so expect Tulsa to try and mimic what Houston was able to do on the defensive end. Tulsa is a veteran team that will be ready to prove they belong near the top of the conference. Take Tulsa and the three points, but do not be surprised if they win outright.
The Bet
Tulsa +3
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