SMU vs. Wyoming NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, December 20, 2013 2:04 PM GMT

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 2:04 PM GMT

The Wyoming Cowboys have thrived at home in the early months of a season under their current head coach, as they prepare to take on the SMU Mustangs Friday.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this non-conference matchup at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Final game of the calendar year 

SMU is 9-2 SU through 11 games of the 2013-14 season, as it gets set to play its final game of the calendar year—opening up American Athletic Conference play versus the Cincinnati Bearcats on New Year’s Day.

The Mustangs have split two true road games during non-conference play, while they rank third in the country in holding opponents to 35.7 percent shooting from the field. 

A tough loss 

Wyoming had its three-game winning streak snapped last time out, as it suffered a 64-61 defeat to the Denver Pioneers as three-point road underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in as many opportunities. 

The Cowboys lead the Mountain West Conference in knocking down 49.2 percent of their shots, while they’ve been known to get to the free throw line with regularity in the early going this year. 

Revenge

College basketball handicappers may have an interesting in backing the road underdog in this affair, as the Mustangs will be out to avenge a 59-56 defeat to the Cowboys as two-point home underdogs last year, while going UNDER the betting total of 119.5.

SMU grabbed seven more boards than Wyoming in that affair, while it has out-rebounded 10 of 11 opponents this season. 

Quite a record 

The Cowboys are a dominating 29-0 SU at home in the months of November/December under current head coach Larry Shyatt, which has played a big part in covering their four opportunities at this venue during the 2013-14 campaign. 

Wyoming owns a 4-2 SU advantage in this series over SMU, including a perfect 3-0 mark when playing in Laramie. 

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cowboys with their NCAA basketball picks, as the Mustangs are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games versus Mountain West Conference opponents.

College Basketball Pick:  Wyoming Cowboys -1

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