Arkansas Razorbacks vs. SMU Mustangs
Tuesday, 11/25/14, 7:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: SMU -5.5
Current Betting Line: SMU -4
Opening Total: 141
Current Total: 144.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Arkansas is focused on opening a season with a 4-0 SU record for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball picks, as it has captured the last 12 meetings in this series. The Razorbacks have four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with forward Bobby Portis leading the charge in scoring 16.0 points a contest. It’s important to point out that the squad holds the early lead in the Southeastern Conference in averaging 93.0 points due to shooting 52.1 percent from beyond the arc. Arkansas is 2-0 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Razorbacks have caused their last two opponents to turn the ball over just 44 times and make just 44 shots from the field, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball betting lines. Arkansas paces the conference with a plus-9.0 turnover margin, while it has won that battle in 86 of 101 games under coach Mike Anderson since he arrived in Fayetteville.
SMU will try to win back-to-back games for the first time in 2014-15, as it comes off a 77-68 victory over Eastern Washington as 15-point home favorites last time out. The Mustangs welcomed back 11 players from last year’s solid squad under head coach Larry Brown, as they look to improve upon their 3-1 record against top-25 opponents at Moody Coliseum during his time on campus. The program has also put together a 20-1 SU record in its last 21 home games. SMU is 3-2 SUATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points since the start of the 2012-13 campaign.
The Mustangs are certainly revenge-minded after suffering an 89-78 defeat to the Razorbacks as 5.5-point road underdogs last year, as they won the rebounding battle by a 36-32 margin, while also knocking down two more field-goal attempts. SMU will try to pound the ball inside once against on Arkansas, as it finished with a 41-16 scoring edge inside the paint in that matchup.
Sports bettors will likely back the Mustangs due to their 18-10 ATS mark at home the last two-plus seasons.
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