Central Florida vs. SMU
Will SMU cruise to a big win at home when it opens up American Athletic Conference play tonight against Central Florida at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, SMU is favored at home tonight, as the Mustangs are getting odds of -11.5 points against Central Florida. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 130 points. Tonight’s game takes place from Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas and will air live on ESPN2.
Central Florida has won five straight comes coming into the conference opener, but only one was against a power 5 conference team. The Knights are now 9-3 overall and 5-2 against the spread. They have covered in their last three lined games. UCF is averaging just 67.6 points per game on offense while allowing only 62.7 per game on defense. Tacko Fall is leading the team with 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while A.J. Davis is adding 10.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest.
SMU has won its last three games coming into tonight to get to 10-3 on the season. The Mustangs are 4-3-1 against the spread on the year, covering in two of their last four lined games. SMU is averaging 76.8 points per game on offense this season while allowing 61.1 per game on defense. Shake Milton averages 17.2 points and 4.8 assists per game to lead SMU while Jarrey Foster has added 13.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest.
SMU has dominated this series, winning seven straight meetings with Central Florida. The last loss came in 2013. SMU has also covered in its last two encounters with UCF. The Mustangs have been able to cover well at home, going 20-5-1 against the spread in their last 26 home games. The favorite is also 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine of this series. The public betting is backing SMU in this game and I think the Mustangs maintain their dominance in the series.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: SMU -11.5