NCAA Basketball Picks: Take Tulsa Plus Odds +5 Over Undefeated SMU

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 5:04 PM GMT

The SMU Mustangs don't make the schedules, they just play the games. At 11-0, Mustangs are off to a red hot start to this season. This afternoon is the first real first test as they face Tulsa.

 

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Tulsa +5.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. EST. This game will be played at the Donald Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At 5Dimes, the Golden Hurricane are getting a bit of respect with the odds makers considerring who they've played in the past .They are a 5 point underdog and the total for the game is 140.5. Will Tulsa be the first team knock off SMU is the question?

 

Offensive Powerhouse
You take a look at these numbers and see that SMU is well-rounded offensively and why they haven't lost a game this season. This is a team that averages 84 points per game, 43 rebounds, 20 assists, and shoots 52.4% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc. There are virtually no weakenesses on this squad. Also, if this game comes down to a free throw shooting contest, SMU will win.

They are led by ball distributor and leading scorer, Nic Moore (15.5 points, 5.3 assists) and Moore can knock down the 3 -ball at 43.1%. In his last 3 games, Moore is averaging nearly 20 points per game. He's a little man that can do it all on both sides of the court and a major reason why the Mustangs are undefeated.

 

Muscling Up
Senior forward, Jordan Frazier, does a spectacular job of boxing out the opposition. He's averaging 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. In his last 5 games, he's had games of 10, 19, and 23 rebounds.Frazier will be a real nuisance to the Tulsa defense as he uses his body and atheticism in protecting the boards while produing more chances for SMU.

SMU appears to be a very tough team. The only thing that they're lacking is facing a tough opponent and tonight's game will be a great barometer of how good they really are.

 

Shaquille Harrison and James Woodard
Tulsa will counter with the two-headed monster of Harrison (17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds) and James Woodard (16 points, 5 rebounds) as these two unstoppable forces account for 33.9 out of Tulsa's 77 points.

Both player get ton of minutes and will need to put forth their best effort as the Mustangs haven't lost yet this season. Harrison play's superb defense (2.2 steals per game) and I think that this can create matchup problems for SMU. Although these two players are elite, Tulsa is a weak rebounding team and they must have huge games as second opportunities will be difficult to come by.

Look for Tulsa to give an undefeated but untested SMU team problems in this game. Take the points as the NCAA basketball pick.