SMU Mustangs vs. Connecticut Huskies, Saturday, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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SOUTHERN METHODIST MUSTANGS CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
24-4 February 25, 12:00 PM | XL Center 14-13
Southern Methodist at Connecticut, Betting Lines
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 25, 2017
Where: XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
TV: Noon ET, CBS
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
531 –Southern Methodist Mustangs -5½ -110 -225 Ov 127 -110
532 –Connecticut Huskies +5½ -110 +195 Un 127 -110

The Southern Methodist Mustangs and the Connecticut Huskies will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at XL Center.

ABOUT SMU (24-4, 14-1 AAC): Junior forward Semi Ojeleye scored 18 of his team-leading 22 points in the second half and pulled down nine rebounds in the comeback win against Houston to finish in double figures for the 20th straight game. Ben Moore added 18 points and 13 rebounds to notch his eighth double-double of the season while Sterling Brown tallied 16 points to move within 19 of reaching 1,000 for his career. “This is a team that has the heart of a lion,” SMU coach Tim Jankovich told reporters. “This is one of the top competitive, big-hearted, refusing to go down teams that I have been around.”

ABOUT UCONN (14-13, 9-6):
Sophomore point guard Jalen Adams led the way with 18 points and dished out five assists in the loss against Houston to finish with at least five assists for the 15th straight game. Vance Jackson added 16 points while Rodney Purvis produced 11 points and five rebounds, but the Huskies shot 31.7 percent in the second half to see their 39-29 lead at intermission slip away. “In the second half we went back to playing ‘me’ basketball,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie told reporters. “I would like to have a good first half and a good second half because that’s how you win championships.”

Oddsmakers currently have the Mustangs listed as 5½-point favorites versus the Huskies, while the game’s total is sitting at 127.

No. 21 SMU looks to regain sole possession of first place in the American Athletic Conference when it tangles with Connecticut in Hartford on Saturday. The surging Mustangs have won 10 consecutive games, including an impressive 76-66 road victory against Houston on Feb. 18, and hope to retake a half game lead over 16th-ranked Cincinnati by sweeping the season series with UConn for the first time since 2013-14.

SMU, which has won 20 of its last 21 games, is ranked third nationally in scoring defense (58.9) and hopes to hold the Huskies under 50 points once more after a 69-49 victory in their first meeting of the season on Jan. 19. UConn saw its four-game winning streak come to an abrupt end as the Huskies went cold from the floor in the second half of the 75-70 setback to Houston on Wednesday. UConn has dropped the last two meetings with SMU by an average of 23 points and is in serious danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, barring a title run in the conference tournament. The Huskies have won their last six home games, including four by double digits, and look to knock off a ranked team for the first time this season.

Connecticut was a 75-70 loser in its last match on the road against Cougars. They covered the +7.5-point spread as underdogs.

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Southern Methodist:
Team record: 24-4 SU,17-5-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 10 straight games.
Southern Methodist is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Southern Methodist is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Southern Methodist is 7-0-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road

Connecticut:
Team record: 14-13 SU,10-14 ATS
Connecticut is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Connecticut is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Connecticut’s last 9 games

Next up:
Southern Methodist home to Tulsa Thursday, March 2
Connecticut at East Carolina Wednesday, March 1

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE

1. SMU is 42-9 in conference play since the 2014-15 season.

2. Adams is ranked eighth nationally in assists per game (6.6) through Thursday.

3. The Mustangs have outrebounded 25 of 28 opponents in 2016-17.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Connecticut Huskies will cover the spread at +5½ and the game will go over 127 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: SMU 72, UConn 69 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
SMU TEAM UCONN
73.1 PTS FOR 67.7
58.9 PTS AGNST 65.7
14.2 DIFF. 2.0
26.7 DEF REBOUNDS 26.5
12.9 OFF REBOUNDS 10.3
46.1 FG% 43.7
69.9 FT% 69.2
7.8 3 POINTERS 6.9
6.1 STEALS 4.6

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