Tulsa vs. SMU
We've picked up three straight free winners in college basketball with Army, SMU, and Monmouth coming through over the past three days. Let's get another one today!
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane could use an elite resume building win today on the road against SMU, but the Mustangs won’t give up anything easy, especially on their home court. Tulsa has some strong resume building wins already under their belt, but this group needs to do more to lock in a bid to the Big Dance and the AAC has generally been slighted by the committee more than other major conferences which is always a concern.
Tulsa currently stands 15-8 overall, 7-4 in conference, and the Golden Hurricane are coming off a nice 77-63 win at home against a shorthanded Houston group. In their last two road outings Tulsa has come up short against both Houston and Temple. Surprisingly the Golden Hurricane have been inconsistent on the offensive end this year ranking just 180th in the nation in scoring average.
The SMU Mustangs remain in the driver’s seat to win the AAC regular season title as this group stands an impressive 20-2 overall and 9-2 in conference. In their last outing SMU dominated action on the road beating an overwhelmed USF squad by a final of 92-58. In their meeting with Tulsa earlier in conference play SMU beat the Golden Hurricane on the road by a final of 81-69. SMU should have a lot of confidence coming into the rematch and unless the Mustangs get complacent it would seem likely that they would be able to pull off another double digit win against Tulsa. This is one of the best coached teams in the nation and it shows as the Mustangs rank 37th in the nation in scoring average, 10th in assists, and 19th in total defense.
SMU has been consistently getting the job done throughout the regular season even without the incentive of going to the postseason this year. SMU wants to win the AAC regular season title and they can get one step closer with a win today against Tulsa. Side with the home team to come through as they win and cover this spread.