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Memphis vs. SMU prediction and pick for Sunday's college basketball showdown. Handicapper Matt McCuen breaks down the game and gives us his play to end the week.

Memphis vs. SMU Prediction: Back the Tigers to Come Out on Top

Sunday afternoon, we will have a big battle take place in the American as the Memphis Tigers take on the SMU Mustangs in a significant game. Memphis enters play repping an overall record of 15-8, led by head coach and former star Penny Hardaway. SMU enters this game playing to the tune of an 18-6 record that includes a road win over Memphis and a home win over the Houston Cougars.

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Memphis vs. SMU Prediction

These teams are poised to make a push for March Madness, and this game today will help settle some of the questions surrounding both sides.

Memphis is on a hot streak at the moment, not losing a game in the month of February and stealing a road win over Houston. They have won their last two road games, facing two good teams in Cincinnati and Houston. Memphis entered the season ranked and looking to silence critics who said they would not be able to make a March Madness push.

They are again a reasonably young team landing two top recruits in the nation in Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren. Duren has been their leading scorer and rebounder this season. SMU entered the season knowing they would have a chance to compete for winning the conference due to some of the experience they have across the board. Veteran guard Kendric Davis has been fantastic. Davis is one of the best players in the conference this year, scoring north of nineteen points per game. Davis will see himself once again being first-team all-conference this year. 

The play I am turning to for this game tonight is going to be to back the Memphis Tigers on the moneyline.

I love the way Memphis is playing, and I feel like they have turned the tide on their season. Coming into the year, we knew how talented they were, but it would take some time to mesh together as a team.

I still think they are an elite team when clicking due to the talent they offer. Their duo of talented freshmen in Bates and Duren makes them a matchup nightmare. I think their defense will also be able to turn it on and force turnovers, allowing them to play in transition. They are a very good defensive and fast-break team. The fact that they lost to SMU already at home makes me like this spot for them as well. I am riding the hot road team here in Memphis tonight, who I believe is a scary team to face come March! Let’s keep things rolling and cash in tonight.

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Memphis vs. SMU Pick

PICK: Memphis ML @ -142 (Bet $142 to win $100)

Article Author


Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.


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