The SMU Mustangs (10-2) visit Vanderbilt to play the Commodores (8-4) in what should be a high-scoring game. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
SMU Mustangs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Odds Preview
In the Mustangs’ last game, they had no trouble getting past the South Florida Bulls, 82-64. Isiaha Mike was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Mustangs, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.518, had a phenomenal mark of 0.667, while the Bulls had a free throw rate of 0.094 (below their season average of 0.210).
The Commodores hope to keep it rolling after topping the Davidson Wildcats in their last matchup, 76-71. Vanderbilt rallied around Scotty Pippen Jr., who was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points on 3-for-9 shooting. Vanderbilt played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.532 (above their season average of 0.255) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.3 (above their season average of 29.2). Davidson was 0.158 and 29.4, respectively, for those same stats.
This showdown figures to be a high-scoring affair as two of the NCAA’s premier offenses square off. Vanderbilt ranks 39th with 111.5 points per 100 possessions and SMU is 21st (112.7).
SMU Mustangs at Vanderbilt Commodores Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Vanderbilt, ATS Winner – Vanderbilt, O/U – Over
Vanderbilt ranks 10th in blocks allowed per game (2.1) while SMU ranks 98th (3.5).
The Commodores’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.2, down from 8.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mustangs have scored an average of 80.6 points per game (3.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.8 points per game (7.5 above their season average).