Houston Cougars vs. SMU Mustangs January 3, 2021 Betting Preview: Predictions, Computer Picks, Odds, Line, Spread and Trends

Written by on January 8, 2021

The SMU Mustangs (6-0) will look to continue a six-game win streak when they host the No. 5 Houston Cougars (7-1) on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Moody Coliseum as just 2-point underdogs. The game airs at 7:00 PM ET on ESP2. The matchup’s point total is set at 137.

Betting Information

Houston vs SMU Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Houston -2 -112 -109 137 -109 -113 -137 112

Computer Picks

Computer picks for Houston vs SMU
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
SMU (+2) Over (137) Houston 70 SMU 69

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Total Facts

  • In 12 of eight outings (150%) this year, the Cougars and their opponents have combined for this matchup’s over/under of 137 points.
  • SMU has played in four games this season (out of six total matchups — 66.7% of opportunities) where they combined with their opponents to score more than 137 points.
  • These two teams average a combined 157.8 points per game, 20.8 more points than the total of 137 set for this matchup.
  • Opponents of the two teams average a combined 16.8 less points per game (120.2) than this game’s over/under of 137 points.
  • The Cougars average point total in matchups this season is 129.5, 7.5 points below the over/under in this game.
  • Mustangs games this year have averaged an over/under of 148.5 points, 11.5 more than the point total in this matchup.

Scoring Betting Tips

  • The Cougars average 73.6 points per game, 9.3 more points than the 64.3 the Mustangs give up.
  • Houston has a 5-0 record overall and a 3-0 record against the spread when scoring more than 64.3 points.
  • SMU is 1-0 overall and 0-0 against the spread in games when it allows more than 73.6 points.
  • The Mustangs put up an average of 84.2 points per game, 28.3 more points than the 55.9 the Cougars give up.
  • SMU has put together a 4-0-1 ATS record and a 6-0 overall record in games it scores more than 55.9 points.
  • Houston is 0-0 against the spread and 0-0 overall when it allows its opponents to put up more than 84.2 points.
  • The Cougars have put up a total of 142 more points than their opponents this year (an average of 17.7 per game), and the Mustangs have out-scored opponents by 119 points on the season (19.9 more per game).

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Houston Betting Information

  • Houston has been good against the spread this season, posting a 5-3 record.
  • When favored by at least 2 points, the Cougars have fared well against the spread, putting up a 4-3 record.
  • The Cougars have combined with their opponents to go over the total in 3 of 8 contests this season, a rate of 37.5%

SMU Betting Information

  • The Mustangs have a 4-0-1 record against the spread, covering in 80% of their games.
  • The Mustangs have fared well as a 2-point underdog, going 3-0-1 against the spread when they are at least 2-point underdogs.
  • SMU has combined with its opponents to hit the over in 60% of matchups this year (3 out of 5 contests).

Head to Head

Houston vs SMU (Last 4 Games)
Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
2/15/2020 Houston -1.5 137.5 -126 102 Regular Season 73-72 SMU
1/15/2020 Houston -7.5 138.5 -354 270 Regular Season 71-62 UH
3/7/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 90-79 UH
1/16/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 69-58 UH

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Houston Leaders

  • The Cougars scoring leader is Quentin Grimes, who averages 18.5 per contest to go with 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
  • Houston’s leading rebounder is Justin Gorham averaging 7.5 boards per game and its best passer is DeJon Jarreau and his 3.3 assists per game.
  • Marcus Sasser’s 3.2 made threes per game lead the Cougars.
  • Sasser and J’wan Roberts lead Houston on the defensive end, with Sasser leading the team in steals averaging 1.5 per game and Roberts in blocks averaging 1.3 per contest.

SMU Leaders

  • Kendric Davis scores 19.2 points and tacks on 7.2 assists per game, putting him at the top of the Mustangs’ leaderboards for those statistics.
  • SMU’s Ethan Chargois stats (7.7 rebounds per game, 11.5 points per game, 3.0 assists per game) earned him the top spot on the team rebound leaderboard.
  • Emmanuel Bandoumel makes more threes per game than any other member of the Mustangs, knocking down shots from downtown at a clip of 2.0 per contest.
  • Davis (1.8 steals per game) is the steal leader for SMU while Feron Hunt (1.3 blocks per game) is the block leader.
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