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Offense Hard To Come By When SMU, Memphis Clash

AAC play begins when the SMU Mustangs visit the Memphis Tigers on Tuesday. If recent history is any indication, the UNDER may be the play here, as SMU and Memphis have failed to top the closing total in seven of their nine meetings since the start of 2011.

Shark Bites
  • SMU is 1-5 ATS in its past 6 true road games.
  • Memphis is 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS in its past 7 games against SMU.
  • Dedric Lawson shot just 7-for-22 in 2 games against SMU last season.

After a rough patch that saw them go 1-3 SU, the Mustangs ended the non-conference schedule strong with six consecutive wins while holding opponents to 53.3 points per game. After missing a year following his transfer from Duke, Semi Ojeleye has become a key piece for SMU this season, with the junior averaging 18.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

There may be plenty of new faces for Memphis this season, but the one constant has been Dedric Lawson. The guard is once again leading the Tigers in points, rebounds and shooting percentage. Lawson’s freshman backcourt partner (and brother) K.J. Lawson has been close behind, as the six-foot-seven youngster is second in all the above categories.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Memphis Tigers betting line as 2.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over/under total value at TopBet.

Southern Methodist Mustangs vs Memphis Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Memphis Tigers are 9-3 so far on the season, and 3-4 ATS vs the number. The Southern Methodist Mustangs, meanwhile, are 10-3 and 5-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Memphis go 4-3 and the Southern Methodist Mustangs go 3-5 on betting totals.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 95-rated Memphis Tigers and the No. 45-ranked Southern Methodist Mustangs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Memphis's No. 24 nationally ranked offense (84.33 points per game) against a Southern Methodist Mustangs defense that sits as the No. 13 at 59.77 PPG. The Memphis Tigers have been averaging 47.98% from the field, more than the Mustangs have managed so far this season (46.59% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Southern Methodist got 28 points from Semi Ojeleye en route to a 71-53 victory over Albany on Tuesday at Moody Coliseum.

The Tigers blew out Incarnate Word on Wednesday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 95-71 win at FedExForum.

Betting Trends
  • Southern Methodist is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Southern Methodist is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Southern Methodist is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games on the road
  • Southern Methodist is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Memphis is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • Memphis is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games at home
  • Memphis is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Southern Methodist
  • Memphis is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Southern Methodist

Next Betting Matchups

Southern Methodist at East Carolina, Saturday, December 31st
Memphis at South Carolina, Friday, December 30th