Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the 49ers versus the Mustangs? Tip off is at at 9:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN2. The game will be played at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX. The odds for this American Athletic conference game currently have the Mustangs as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 134.5 points.
CHARLOTTE 49ERS VS SMU MUSTANGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: SMU Mustangs -8.5
This game will be played at Moody Coliseum at 9:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.
WHY BET THE SMU MUSTANGS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-66 in favor of the Mustangs.
- Not only will SMU pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -8.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Can Charlotte Grab a Win on the Road?
Charlotte comes into today’s game with a 6-6 overall record. In the last ten road games, which includes last year, Charlotte has a 2-8 record. Charlotte has a winning record against the spread, sitting at 6-5. However, in their last five games, they are 1-3 vs. the spread.
Looking at their over/under performance through 12 games, Charlotte has an over/under record of 4-5-2, with their games averaging 131.9 points per game on average. In their most recent three games, the 49ers’ over/under record is 1-1, with their games averaging 136 points per game.
Charlotte is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 75 points vs. Stetson. This figure is more than their season average of 68.7 points per game. Lu’Cye Patterson is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 13.7 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Igor Milicic Jr. brings a PPG average of 12.4 into the game.
Charlotte’s defense has been playing well, ranking 31st nationally, with 63.5 points allowed per game. The Charlotte defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 79 points and allowed Stetson to connect on 10 threes.
Will the Mustangs Find a Way to Win at Home?
After 13 games, SMU currently holds a 9-4 overall record. In away games, the Mustangs have a 3-2 record, while they are 5-2 when playing at home. At the moment, SMU is sitting above .500 against the spread, boasting a 7-5 ATS record. In their previous five games, the team has been even more impressive with a perfect 5-0 ATS record.
Through 13 games, SMU has an over/under record of 3-9-0 with their games averaging a combined 138.1 points per game so far. The Mustangs have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 141 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.
SMU’s offense had a good outing, putting up 92 points against Murray State. They achieved a 59.6% field goal percentage and went 9/16 from the free-throw line. Chuck Harris led the team in scoring, putting up 16 points. Additionally, Ricardo Wright contributed 12 points for the Mustangs.
The Mustangs’ defense is presently ranked 17th nationally, allowing an average of 62.2 points per contest. In today’s game, the SMU defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 5 three-pointers while giving up 65 points.