Cornell Big Red at SMU Mustangs Betting Prediction 12/22/18

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The Cornell Big Red (5-6) will travel to Moody Coliseum to take on the SMU Mustangs (7-4). The game will air on ESPN 3 at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Cornell Big Red vs. SMU Mustangs ATS Odds

Both teams beat their last opponent. The Mustangs defeated the Northwestern State Demons 69-58, while the Big Red beat the Binghamton Bearcats 86-75.

Cornell dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.431 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.9. For those same stats, Binghamton had marks of 0.091 and 12.8, respectively. The Mustangs, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (46.7 vs. 28.1) and had a much better turnover percentage (15.3 vs. 24.1). Jimmy Whitt Jr. led the way for SMU, recording 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Meanwhile, Cornell rallied around Matt Morgan, who put up 38 points and 13 rebounds.

Morgan has really been playing well recently for Cornell, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

SMU should have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Mustangs rank 29th in offensive efficiency, while the Big Red rank 190th in defensive efficiency.

Cornell at SMU Pick

Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Smu, ATS Winner – Cornell, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Cornell ranks 25th in assists allowed per game (10.3) while SMU ranks 188th (15.3).
  • The Mustangs rank 25th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Big Red rank 84th (6.2).
  • SMU ranks 80th in blocks per game (3.5) while Cornell ranks 114th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
  • The Mustangs rank 22nd in rebounds allowed per game (30.8) while the Big Red rank 176th (37.0).
  • Cornell averages 24.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 77th in the country. SMU ranks 168th in three pointers allowed per game (23.6).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Big Red have scored an average of 74.2 points per game (3.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.6 points per game (3.0 below their season average).
  • The Mustangs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.0, down from 6.7 for the season.