Written and authored by NCAA Basketball March Madness Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams will play on Saturday March 14th, 2015. At 3:00 PM EST on the ESPN U Television Network.
The (23-9) and fourth-seed Temple Owls of the Atlantic Athletic Conference takes the trip from the “CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE” to Connecticut. Temple will play the (25-6) and 1-seed SMU Mustangs also of the AAC in 2015 College Basketball Conference Tournament action. The teams will play at the XL Center in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. This Sports Handicapper believes the Temple Owls can get into the NCAA Tournament with their rich tradition. SMU Mustangs have the focus to avoid the disappointment of being left out of the “BIG DANCE”. The opening betting line has Temple as a three-point and a half point underdog Against The Spread on a neutral court, the betting odds total is not available for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Temple Owls beat Memphis on Friday March 13th to advance. The Owls are 13-5 in Conference play and a tie for third place with Cincinnati. The Owls rank 112th nationally in scoring the Basketball. The Owls defense allows opponents 59.9 points per contest. Senior Guard Will Cummings is the team’s leading scorer. Two other Temple players average double figures. Head Coach Fran Dumphy must hit the pavement in the Metropolitan Philadelphia area for talent. The Owls along with Villanova are the two powerhouses in “PHILLY”. The Owls didn’t play in any post-season Tournament last year and wanted an NCAA Tournament invitation. The betting odds over the total are 6-2 the Owls last eight overall. The Temple Owls are 3-2 their last five NCAA Basketball Predictions away from home, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under the betting odds total three times. Experts thought the Owls would be in the cellar of the AAC, but they silenced critics. Betting Experts in Las Vegas and offshore has Temple at +800 to win the 2015 American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.
The 2015 SMU Mustangs beat East Carolina 74-68 on Friday. SMU is 15-3 in Conference play and first place. The Mustangs are first in scoring offense in the AAC. The defense allows opponents 59.8 points per game, second in the American Athletic Conference. Indiana native Nic Moore is the team’s leading scorer. SMU Head Coach Larry Brown is a proven commodity and is among the best in Basketball, both College, and Pro. SMU is 3-1 Against The Point Spread the last four meetings between the teams. The SMU Mustangs are 4-5-1 ATS their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total seven times and staying under the betting odds total three times. The key to an SMU win is to play their style at both ends of the court. SMU must tighten up on defense, something their Hall of Fame coach stresses. Bovada has SMU at +150 to win the 2015 AAC Tournament title.