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Mustangs open as college hoops underdog vs Knights

Southern Methodist MustangsCentral Florida Knights
March 2, 7:00 PM | UCF Arena

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Central Florida Knights Odds

17-11TEAM RECORD18-9

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Central Florida vs Southern Methodist battle Wednesday at UCF Arena as the Knights look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

Central Florida battles the Mustangs, currently sitting with a 17-11 mark (11-6-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 7-12 for the Knights and 7-10-1 for the Mustangs.

View Southern Methodist vs Central Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Knights as 7-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Knights sit at No. 34 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Mustangs sit at No. 247 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Knights will win this game 73-70.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Mustangs is ranked No. 344 in NCAA hoops at 27.2 per game. Contrast that with Central Florida’s No. 97 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Central Florida is the No. 207-ranked team in the country at 6 per game, while Southern Methodist rates No. 19 at 8.3 per game.

Defensively, Southern Methodist features the nation's No. 83-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.4 points per game. Central Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 203 nationally in scoring at home.

Southern Methodist lost its last outing, a 64-62 result against Marshall on February 26. They covered in that game as a 7.5-point underdog. The Mustangs got a 21-point effort from Papa Dia, who added 12 rebounds, but Marshall still managed to defeat Southern Methodist 64-62 Saturday at Cam Henderson Center.

Last time out for Central Florida, they were a 65-64 winner as they battled Southern Miss at home. They earned a push in the match as a 1-point favorite. Central Florida got 20 points from Marcus Jordan en route to a 65-64 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday at UCF Arena.

Southern Methodist Mustangs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Texas El Paso are 6-4
After playing Marshall are 2-3
After a loss are 7-3

Central Florida Knights Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Marshall are 6-4
After playing Southern Miss are 3-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Mustangs at Knights trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Methodist's last 6 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Central Florida's last 7 games
Central Florida is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Central Florida's last 5 games when playing Southern Methodist
Central Florida is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
Southern Methodist home to Texas El Paso, Saturday, March 5
Central Florida at Marshall, Saturday, March 5