The SMU Mustangs (16-6, 6-4 AAC) can lengthen a six-game home winning streak when they go head-to-head with the UConn Huskies (13-10, 4-6 AAC) at Moody Coliseum. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNews.
UConn Huskies vs. SMU Mustangs ATS Preview
The Huskies barely escaped the Cincinnati Bearcats in their last contest, 72-71. With 19 points and five rebounds, Christian Vital put together a solid game for UConn. UConn dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.197 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.9 (above their season average of 32.9). Cincinnati put up marks of 0.121 and 35.0, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Mustangs’ last game, they were defeated by the Temple Owls, 97-90. Kendric Davis was SMU’s leading scorer with 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Temple had an effective field goal percentage of 0.669 (above their season average of 0.461). SMU, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.0 (above their season average of 35.0).
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the high-octane offense of SMU takes on the stingy defense of UConn. The Mustangs rank 13th in offensive efficiency, while the Huskies are 34th in defensive efficiency.
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after splitting two games last season. The Mustangs won the last contest 77-59. SMU did a terrific job of converting from the charity stripe (13-15; 86.7 percent). UConn, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (11.7 vs. 22.3).
UConn Huskies vs. SMU Mustangs Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – SMU, ATS Winner – SMU, O/U – Under
SMU ranks 45th in rebounds allowed per game (31.9) while UConn ranks 184th (35.9).
The Mustangs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, down from 7.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Huskies have scored an average of 72.0 points per game (4.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (5.3 above their season average).