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Postseason NIT - NCAA hoops odds preview - LSU vs. Southern Methodist

LSU Tigers Southern Methodist Mustangs
20-13 March 24, 2014, 09:00 | Moody Coliseum 24-9

The Southern Methodist Mustangs host LSU on Monday, looking to build on their 24-9 mark against the 20-13 Tigers in college hoops action at Moody Coliseum in Postseason NIT betting odds action.

SMU was 6.5-point underdogs to LSU at TopBet while the total was 146.5 over at Bovada.

The Tigers will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 12-15-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Mustangs are 18-10-1 ATS. LSU is 16-12-1 on the totals; Southern Methodist is 10-19.

View LSU Tigers vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds and Stats.

The Mustangs - Tigers odds would favor the Mustangs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Southern Methodist is rated No. 165 in the current Odds Shark poll, while LSU is at No. 204.

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In their last action, LSU was a 71-63 winner on the road against San Francisco. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. The Tigers grabbed a 71-63 win over the Dons on Wednesday, behind a 16-point effort from Jarell Martin at War Memorial Gymnasium.

Southern Methodist won its last outing, a 68-54 result against UC Irvine on March 19. They covered in that game as a 10-point favorite. The Mustangs got 17 points from Cannen Cunningham as Southern Methodist ran past UC Irvine 68-54 on Wednesday at Moody Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Southern Methodist has the nation's No. 127-rated offensive output, at 71.27 PPG. The visiting Tigers defense ranks No. 164 allowing on average 71 PPG. The Mustangs FG% has averaged 48.18% so far, more than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.43% per game.

A few Tigers at Mustangs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 13 of LSU's last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LSU's last 5 games
LSU is 3-9-2 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
LSU is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games
Southern Methodist is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Southern Methodist's last 8 games
Southern Methodist is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games at home