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Postseason NIT - UC Irvine Anteaters face Southern Methodist Mustangs: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

UC Irvine AnteatersSouthern Methodist Mustangs
23-11March 19, 2014, 09:00 | Moody Coliseum23-9

UC Irvine travels to Southern Methodist on Wednesday, hoping to boost its 23-11 record with a victory over the Mustangs.

This season, the Mustangs are 23-9 overall and 17-10-1 ATS, while the Anteaters are 23-11 and 16-15 ATS. As for the totals, Southern Methodist boasts a 10-18 on the OU, and UC Irvine is 7-24.View UC Irvine Anteaters vs Southern Methodist Mustangs Odds and Stats.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 31-rated UC Irvine taking on the No. 165-rated Mustangs in this contest.

UC Irvine was a 61-58 loser in their most recent outing at home against Cal Poly. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites. The Anteaters got 18 points from Will Davis II, but it was Cal Poly that prevailed in a 61-58 final on Friday at Honda Center.

Southern Methodist was a 68-64 loser in its last match at home against Houston. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. Southern Methodist suffered a 68-64 loss against Houston on Thursday, getting 14 points from Cannen Cunningham 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. 124-ranked scoring average of 71.38 PPG, against a Anteaters defense rated No. 32 and allowing 63.62 PPG. The Mustangs FG% has averaged 48.69% to date this season, more than the Anteaters shooters have managed so far (47.34% per game).

A few Anteaters at Mustangs trends to consider:
UC Irvine is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
UC Irvine is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of UC Irvine's last 6 games
UC Irvine is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Southern Methodist is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games
Southern Methodist is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Southern Methodist is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Southern Methodist's last 7 games