Memphis Tigers Vs SMU Mustangs Odds and Betting Preview

Posted by Henry Watkins on January 29, 2016 in

The American Conference is turning into a bit of a one horse race, as the SMU Mustangs are slowly but surely pulling away from the pack. The team has been almost a sure picks for college basketball betting fans, although, they may have a bit of a tougher challenge on their hands this Saturday, January 30 when they welcome the Memphis Tigers into Moody Coliseum in Dallas.


With no postseason possibility due a series of NCAA penalties, No. 13 SMU Mustangs (18-1, 7-1 American) will now try to recover and regain their privileged spot among the Top teams in the nation. SMU dropped five spots in this week’s AP poll after two weeks in the Top 10, its first ranking that high since February 1985. The 18-game winning streak was the longest since 20 in a row in the school’s only Final Four season, 1955-56.

Memphis Tigers Vs SMU Mustangs Game Information

Date/Time: Saturday, January 30th, 8:00 PM
Location: Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Texas
TV Coverage: ESPNU

How to bet Memphis Tigers Vs SMU Mustangs

The Mustangs are coming off their first loss of the season, which makes you wonder how they are going to rebound. Will they be able to get right back on the winning horse, or will they start to crumble and fall apart? The Memphis Tigers may well smell a little blood in the water here, so it’s going to be interesting to see how the bookies have this one. We will have all the odds up at as soon as they are ready.

Why bet on the Memphis Tigers

The Tigers (13-7, 4-3) are certainly not going to be a pushover, as they proved the last time they played a ranked opponent. That game went right down to the wire, with Memphis finally falling 81-78 to Connecticut. It’s also worth noting that the Tigers took out Temple a couple of weeks back, and they just happen to be the team that handed SMU their first defeat. All of that goes to suggest that Memphis and SMU might not be as far apart as their records suggest. The one downside for Memphis is that they have lost each of their last 3 road games. The Tigers are averaging 78.7 PPG, and are giving up 68.8 PPG.

Why bet on the SMU Mustangs

The Mustangs (18-1, 7-1) have been a great story all season long, and their first loss of the season to Temple earlier this week does nothing to change that. This game is certainly worth watching, as it’s going to be interesting to see how this team reacts to that loss. With it being their first defeat of the year, there is nothing to go by. A win here could show that the Mustangs have some mental toughness, which they haven’t really been called upon to show so far this season. Home court has been one of the keys to success for the Mustangs this season, and Memphis are going to have to be at their very best if they hope to blemish SMU’s perfect home record this season. The Mustangs are averaging 80.0 PPG, and are giving up 63.3 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I am one of the people who believes that SMU can bounce back from the 60-40 loss to Temple and get the win in this one. They will get a rapturous welcome when they head back out onto their home court, and I think they can ride that to a win, albeit a close one.

Memphis Tigers 71 SMU Mustangs 76