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Houston Cougars vs Southern Methodist Mustangs 1/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Cougars vs Southern Methodist Mustangs 1/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews
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The #5 Houston Cougars will execute a man-to-man defense against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas on Saturday, January 03, 2021, at 7:00 PM ET. No.5 Houston took 4th place in the American Athletic Conference with a 7-1 overall standing and a .875 team-percentage. The Cougars suffered their first defeat at the hands of the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes by just a single-point lead at 64-65. Guard Quentin Grimes led the way for Houston with 19 points, 4 assists, and a team-high 7 rebounds. Guard Marcus Sasser added 14 points, 2 rebounds with 4 assists, while Grimes and Sasser added a team-high of 4 assists each for the Cougars.

Houston recorded 35.7% (20/56) field goals, connected 4 of 21 attempts from downtown for 19.0% efficiency, and sank 20 of 31 (64.5%) free throw attempts. The Cougars out-rebounded the SMU Mustangs 38 to 35 with 16 offensive boards and dished out a game-high 8 assists. Houston’s defense denied 6 attempted shots while stealing the ball 9 times and won the battle in turnovers 11 to 14. The team committed 19 personal fouls in the process.

Houston Cougars vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Predictions 1/3/2021

The SMU Mustangs topped all teams in the American Athletic Conference and remained unbeaten with a 6-0 overall standing and a 1.000 team-percentage. Southern Methodist defeated the Temple Owls at 79 to 71 during their recent showdown on December 30th. Darius McNeill led the Mustangs in victory with 17 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Yor Anei added 14 points while Guards Emmanuel Bandoumel and Kendric Davis chipped in 13 points each in the win. Forward Ethan Chargois had 9 rebounds while Davis led in assists with 5.

Southern Methodist completed 31 of 60 (51.7%) attempted shots from the field, knocked down 8 of 20 shot attempts from the three-point range for 40.0% efficiency, and sank 9 of 18 (50.0%) free throw attempts. The Mustangs recorded a total of 38 rebounds with 7 offensive boards and distributed a game-high 18 assists in the winning effort. SMU’s defense posted 7 blocks and 3 steals while turning the ball over 9 times. The team committed 17 personal fouls in the process.

#5 Houston Cougars vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs. The NCAAB Pick for this game is Houston -2.5. The Cougars ranked 156th in offense and 18th on defense while the Mustangs ranked 26th in offense and 75th on defense. Houston is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 contests and 1-5 ATS in their last 7 outings on the road. Southern Methodist is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 matches and 13-1 SU in their last 14 games at home. The Houston Cougars are very eager to take their revenge from a one-point loss to an average Tulsa squad. Moreover, the Cougars are elite on the defensive side of the court. Final Score Prediction, Houston Cougars will win and cover ATS at 73-64.

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Houston Cougars vs Southern Methodist Mustangs 1/3/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM ET

Location: Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX

Date: Saturday, January 03, 2021

TV: ESPN2

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Houston Cougars -2.5

NCAAB Totals: 138

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