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Postseason NIT - Southern Methodist California Betting Preview

California Golden Bears Southern Methodist Mustangs
21-13 March 26, 2014, 09:00 | Moody Coliseum 25-9

The Southern Methodist Mustangs hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the California Golden Bears pay a visit to Moody Coliseum on the Postseason NIT betting menu.

SMU was favored by 8 points over Cal in early NIT betting at Bovada while the over-under number was 136.5 at GTbets.eu.

This season, the Mustangs are 25-9 overall and 19-10-1 ATS, while the Golden Bears are 21-13 and 14-19 ATS. As for the totals, Southern Methodist boasts a 11-19 on the OU, and California is 14-19.

View California Golden Bears vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds and Stats.

The Mustangs were listed as -8.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mustangs rated this week at No. 165 and the Golden Bears sitting at No. 271.

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California was a 75-64 winner in its last match at home against Arkansas. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Jabari Bird scored 19 points leading the Golden Bears to a 75-64 victory over Arkansas at Haas Pavilion on Monday.

Southern Methodist was an 80-67 winner in its last match at home against LSU. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites. Nic Moore scored 16 points leading the Mustangs to an 80-67 victory over LSU at Moody Coliseum on Monday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Golden Bears rank No. 84 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.03 per game. That compares with Southern Methodist’s No. 76 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Southern Methodist is college basketball's No. 235-ranked team at 4.71 per game, while the Golden Bears rate No. 164 with 5.68 per game.

A few Golden Bears at Mustangs trends to consider:
California is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of California's last 6 games
California is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
California is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 15-6 ATS in its last 21 games
Southern Methodist is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Southern Methodist's last 9 games
Southern Methodist is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games at home