Because of NCAA penalties, the SMU Mustangs won’t be playing in the annual March Madness championship tournament next month. Still, the 24th-ranked team in the nation is going all-out for legendary head coach Larry Brown and would like nothing better than to extend their winning ways by pounding lowly Tulane into submission in this matchup. Now, let’s find out if the Mustangs can get the win and cover as a likely double-digit college hoops odds home favorite.
How To Bet The Tulane Green Wave vs. No. 24 SMU Mustangs NCAAB Odds & TV Info
- When: Sunday, February 28, 3:00 PM
- Where: Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Texas
- TV: CBSSN
- Radio: KAAM 770
- TV Stream: CBSSports
- NCAAB Odds: SMU at -20
Why Bet The Tulane Green Wave?
Tulane (10-18 SU, 8-12-2 ATS) has lost two straight including their 79-73 home loss against East Carolina as a 2.5-point home favorite.
Dylan Osetkowski scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Tulane while Louis Dabney added 18 points. Osetkowski had five exciting jams in the loss while recording his fourth consecutive double-double and 11th of the season.
Why Bet The SMU Mustangs?
SMU (23-4 SU, 10-13 ATS) has won two straight and three of its last five games including a thrilling 69-62 win over Memphis on Thursday that was a lot closer than the final score indicates. Sterling Brown scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Mustangs to victory and team leader Nic Moore hit a running floater in traffic to give the Mustangs a 65-62 lead they would not relinquish.
“We had to defend. It was kind of an ugly game, kind of a physical game,” SMU head coach Larry Brown said. “We were fortunate. I think they missed the last seven shots.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
SMU averages 11.2 points per game more than Tulane while simultaneously giving up 5.5 fewer points per contest defensively. With that said, I say Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs are a lock pick to get the win in this mismatch. If you can get the spread for this contest at a dozen points or so, I say the Mustangs will cover that figure as well. SMU has won 15 of its last 16 home games and four of its last five home dates against the Green Wave.
Tulane is just 1-4-1 ATS in their last six road games against SMU and a dismal 2-4-2 ATS in their last eight road games. The Green Wave were also on the wrong end of an emphatic 60-45 home loss against the Mustangs on January 17. The Mustangs won’t be participating in March Madness, meaning they’re playing their hearts out right now. SMU wins going away.
My final score prediction: SMU 75 Tulane 60