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American Athletic Conference Tournament - NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Cougars underdogs vs Mustangs at Southern Methodist

Houston CougarsSouthern Methodist Mustangs
16-15March 13, 2014, 01:00 | FedExForum23-8

Houston travels to Southern Methodist on Thursday, hoping to boost its 16-15 record with a victory over the Mustangs.

Supporters of the Cougars have watched them go 16-15 and 14-12 ATS on the year, while the Mustangs are at 23-8 and 17-9-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Mustangs are 10-17, while the Cougars have a 11-15 mark.View Houston Cougars vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Southern Methodist Mustangs as -9-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mustangs rated this week at No. 138 and the Cougars sitting at No. 213.

Southern Methodist lost its last outing, a 67-58 result against Memphis on March 8. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog. Southern Methodist suffered a 67-58 loss against Memphis on Saturday, getting 16 points from Nic Moore in a losing effort at FedExForum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Southern Methodist's No. 128-ranked scoring average of 71.61 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 192 and allowing 72.61 PPG. The Mustangs FG% has averaged 48.95% to date this season, more than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (45.82% per game).

A few Cougars at Mustangs trends to consider:
Houston is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Southern Methodist
Southern Methodist is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games
Southern Methodist is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Southern Methodist is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Methodist's last 6 games