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Central Florida Knights face Southern Methodist Mustangs: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Central Florida KnightsSouthern Methodist Mustangs
11-15March 01, 2014, 04:00 | Moody Coliseum22-6

A key college battle sees the visiting Central Florida Knights travelling to Southern Methodist Saturday to take on the Mustangs.

The Mustangs currently sports a 22-6 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 16-7-1 ATS. The Knights are 11-15 and 6-14 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Mustangs produce a 9-15 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Knights have gone 11-9 against the number.

View Central Florida Knights vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Southern Methodist sat as -15-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 75-ranked Mustangs and the No. 265-rated Knights in this matchup.

In their last action, Central Florida was a 67-65 winner at home against Rutgers. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Knights grabbed a 67-65 win over the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday, behind a 23-point effort from Tristan Spurlock at CFE Arena.

Southern Methodist won its last outing, a 64-55 result against Connecticut on February 23. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. The Mustangs grabbed a 64-55 win over the Huskies on Sunday, behind a 15-point effort from Nic Moore at Gampel Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Knights rank No. 27 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.35 per game. That compares with Southern Methodist’s No. 65 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Southern Methodist is college basketball's No. 239-ranked team at 4.54 per game, while the Knights rate No. 91 with 6.77 per game.

A few Knights at Mustangs trends to consider:
Central Florida is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games
Central Florida is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
Central Florida is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Central Florida is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games
Southern Methodist is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Methodist's last 6 games
Southern Methodist is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next up:
Central Florida at Temple, Tuesday, March 4th
Southern Methodist at Louisville, Wednesday, March 5th