NIT Semifinal Odds: SMU vs. Clemson
The No. 1 SMU Mustangs will be looking to push their run at the NIT all the way to the championship game as they face the No. 3 Clemson Tigers in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden on April 1.
SMU has knocked off UC Irvine, LSU, and California in their first three games of the 2014 NIT, while Clemson is coming off victories over Georgia State, Illinois, and Belmont. The winner of this matchup will play in the NIT championship game on April 3.
The Mustangs are 25-9 so far on the season, and 19-10-1 ATS vs. the number. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 23-12 and 15-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Southern Methodist go 11-19 and the Tigers go 16-14 on the totals.
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 165-ranked Mustangs and the No. 144-rated Tigers in this matchup.
Last time out for Clemson, they were a 73-68 winner as they battled Belmont at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite. The Tigers grabbed a 73-68 win over the Bruins on Tuesday, behind a 16-point effort from K.J. McDaniels at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Southern Methodist won its last outing, a 67-65 result against California on March 26. They failed to cover in that game as an 8.5-point favorite. Southern Methodist got 19 points from Markus Kennedy en route to a 67-65 victory over California on Wednesday at Moody Coliseum.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Southern Methodist's No. 78-rated squad against Clemson's No. 108-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Southern Methodist rates No. 233 in the country with 4.74 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 200 nationally with 5.2 per match.
A few Tigers at Mustangs trends to consider:
Clemson is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Clemson is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Clemson's last 13 games
Southern Methodist is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games
Southern Methodist is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Southern Methodist is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Methodist's last 5 games