USC Trojans vs. SMU Mustangs, NCAA March Madness Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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25-9 March 17, 3:10 PM | BOK Center 30-4
Southern California vs Southern Methodist, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 3:10 PM ET, Friday, March 17, 2017
Where: BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, truTV

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 17th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Bok Center – Tulsa, OK

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
835 –USC Trojans +7 -110 +265 Ov 140 -110
836 –Southern Methodist Mustangs -7 -110 -315 Un 140 -110

The USC Trojans and the Southern Methodist Mustangs will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at BOK Center.

ABOUT USC (25-9): The Trojans showed plenty of character this season as well, rallying from at least 10 points down to win 12 games after scoring 46 in the second half on Wednesday. Sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright led the way with a career-high 24 points against Providence and tops a balanced offense at 15.1 overall – just ahead of 6-11 sophomore Chimezie Metu (14.5, 7.9 rebounds, 54.2 percent shooting). Junior point guard Jordan McLaughlin (13.2 points, 5.4 assists) runs the show and scored 18 while hauling in a career-best 10 rebounds Wednesday.

ABOUT SMU (30-4): Junior forward Semi Ojeleye, the AAC Player of the Year, leads the way for the Mustangs at 18.9 points per game while draining 42.8 percent from 3-point range. SMU shoots 40.3 percent from behind the arc overall and senior guard Sterling Brown (13.3 points) along with sophomore guard Shake Milton (13.1, team-high 4.5 assists) make at least 42 percent from long range. Senior forward Ben Moore also contributes 11.6 points and a team-most 7.9 rebounds for the Mustangs, who are third in the nation in scoring defense (59.8).

Oddsmakers currently have the Mustangs listed as 7-point favorites versus the Trojans, while the game’s total is sitting at 140.

Sixth-seeded SMU rides a 16-game winning streak as it tries to snap a stretch of almost three decades without an NCAA Tournament victory Friday when it takes on 11th seed USC in the first round of the Eastern Region in Tulsa, Okla. The Mustangs are winners of a school-record 30 games this season, but have not won a contest in the Big Dance since defeating Notre Dame in the first round in 1988.

SMU lost only once if its last 27 games on the way to the American Athletic Conference title and coach Tim Jankovich told reporters it takes a team with great character, maturity and chemistry to accomplish that type of run. The Mustangs’ small rotation – six active players averaging more than eight minutes – will get a challenge from USC, which rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to knock off Providence 75-71 in the First Four on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. The Trojans are also 5-1 all-time against SMU, including a 78-73 triumph in Los Angeles on Nov. 25, but USC coach Andy Enfield has plenty of respect for the Mustangs. “They’re a terrific basketball team,” Enfield said after the win Wednesday. “. … They’re big, they’re long, they’re very skilled.”

Southern Methodist won its last outing, a 71-56 result against Bearcats on March 12. They covered in that game as a -1-point favorite.

Last time out for USC, they were a 75-71 winner as they battled Friars on the road. They covered in the match as a -2-point favorite.

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Team record: 25-9 SU,17-16 ATS
USC is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
USC is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of USC’s last 5 games

Southern Methodist:
Team record: 30-4 SU,22-6-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 16 straight games.
Southern Methodist is 13-2 ATS in its last 15 games
Southern Methodist is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Southern Methodist’s last 8 games


1. SMU junior G Ben Emelogu II (4.4 points, 1.9 assists) was named Sixth Man of the Year in the AAC.

2. USC freshman G De’Anthony Melton scored 15 against SMU in November, but is averaging 4.8 in the last six games.

3. The winner plays Baylor or New Mexico State in Sunday’s second round.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: USC Trojans will cover the spread at +7 and the game will go over 140 points, according to scamdicappers

PREDICTION: USC 78, SMU 75 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

78.6 PTS FOR 74.5
73.1 PTS AGNST 59.8
5.5 DIFF. 14.7
25.1 DEF REBOUNDS 26.4
10.9 OFF REBOUNDS 11.9
45.3 FG% 47.4
73.9 FT% 69.5
7.8 3 POINTERS 8.1
7.1 STEALS 5.7
No trends to report
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Southern Methodist’s last 8 games
Southern Methodist is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
USC’s Overall Scoring vs Southern Methodist’s Overall Defense 78.6 55 59.8 4
USC’s Away Scoring vs Southern Methodist’s Home Defense 74.0 85 58.7 10
USC’s Road Rebounds vs Southern Methodist’s Home Rebounds Allowed 35.9 106 29.1 10
Southern Methodist’s Overall Scoring vs USC’s Overall Defense 74.5 147 73.1 206
Southern Methodist’s Home Scoring vs USC’s Road Defense 78.0 127 76.2 206
Southern Methodist’s Home Rebounds vs USC’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.5 143 36.4 199

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