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Southern Methodist Mustangs face Memphis Tigers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Southern Methodist MustangsMemphis Tigers
23-7March 08, 2014, 12:00 | FedExForum22-8

FedExForum features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Memphis Tigers and the visiting Southern Methodist Mustangs in college hoops action on Saturday.

This season, the Tigers are 22-8 overall and 14-12-1 ATS, while the Mustangs are 23-7 and 17-8-1 ATS. As for the totals, Memphis boasts a 10-16 on the OU, and Southern Methodist is 10-16.

View Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Memphis Tigers Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Memphis sat as -4-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. 86-ranked Tigers and the No. 75-rated Mustangs in this matchup.

Southern Methodist was an 84-71 loser in their most recent outing at home against Louisville. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Southern Methodist suffered an 84-71 loss against Louisville on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Nick Russell in a losing effort at Moody Coliseum.

Last time out for Memphis, they were a 97-84 loser as they battled Cincinnati on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. Joe Jackson scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Tigers to a win (they lost 97-84 to Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena on Thursday).

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Memphis has the nation's No. 24-rated offensive output, at 78.77 PPG. The visiting Mustangs defense ranks No. 15 allowing on average 61.93 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 48.54% so far, less than the Mustangs marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.3% per game.

A few Mustangs at Tigers trends to consider:
Southern Methodist is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games
Southern Methodist is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Methodist's last 5 games
Southern Methodist is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Memphis is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Memphis is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games
Memphis is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Memphis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home