Written and authored by College Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 Basketball game. The teams will play on Thursday Night January 8, 2015. At 9:00 PM EST on the ESPN Television Network.
The (8-5) Memphis Tigers of the American Athletic Conference makes the trip from the Volunteer State to the MetroPlex. Memphis will play the (10-4) SMU Mustangs also of the AAC in 2015 NCAA Basketball action. The teams will play at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas. This Sports Handicapper believes the Memphis Tigers will take a step back this season with the graduation of four very good guards. The SMU Mustangs are the favorite in the AAC but how will the handle expectations? The betting line has Memphis as an eight-point road underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is not available for Thursday Night’s game.
The 2015 Memphis Tigers and head coach Josh Pastner find out what life is without four points per game from a senior-laden backcourt that took the floor last season. Memphis added nine new players to go with All-Conference Forward Shaq Goodwin, who averages nine points per contest this season. Memphis has won five of six but lost at home last Saturday 74-66 to Tulane. The betting odds under is 20-8 Memphis last twenty-eight on Thursday’s, the under is also 9-4 the Tigers last thirteen overall. The Memphis Tigers are 5-3 their last eight NCAA Basketball Expert Point Spread Picks going over the betting odds total four times and staying under four. The key to a Memphis win, Thursday is to play tight defense. The Tigers struggle in the backcourt with the lack of experience. Goodwin must start imposing his will at both ends of the court in the post. Sophomore Forward Kuran Iverson is not available due to suspension from the team, his return is uncertain.
The 2015 SMU Mustangs are not playing with intensity, they need to meet lofty expectations of being the best team in the Conference. SMU is only 2-8-1 Against The Spread their last eleven on Thursday’s. The betting odds under is 20-6 SMU last twenty-six on Thursday. Head coach Larry Brown is a savvy veteran who can coach with the best of them. Brown lost star Emmanuel Mudiay to the Europen league where he in getting paid. Forward Markus Kennedy and Guard Nic Moore are pre-season All AAC performers. SMU lost 56-50 at Cincinnati on Saturday but had won eight in a row prior to the loss to the conference’s top team in the standings. The SMU Mustangs are 4-3-1 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total five times, staying under twice and has a push their last eight. The key to an SMU win depends on how focused they are after a less than spectacular start to the season.
Free Pick: SMU-8.