Houston @ SMU
Current Records: Houston 20-2; SMU 16-5
What to Know
The SMU Mustangs lost both of their matches to the #6 Houston Cougars last season on scores of 60-74 and 48-70, so they're hoping to turn the tables this season. SMU and the Cougars will face off in an American Athletic battle at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday at Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs are out to keep their 11-game home win streak alive.
The game between SMU and the Wichita State Shockers this past Saturday was not particularly close, with SMU falling 72-57. Forward Marcus Weathers (14 points) and guard Emmanuel Bandoumel (12 points) were the top scorers for SMU.
Meanwhile, Houston took their matchup against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday by a conclusive 80-58 score. The Cougars can attribute much of their success to forward Fabian White Jr., who had 22 points along with nine boards.
The Mustangs are expected to lose this next one by 7.5. Now might not be the best time to take SMU against the spread since they've let down bettors for the past two consecutive games.
SMU is now 16-5 while Houston sits at 20-2. A couple defensive numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: SMU have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 39.70%, which places them 30th in college basketball. But Houston is even better: they have been holding their opponents to a field goal percentage of 36%, which places them first in college basketball. We'll see if that edge gives the Cougars a route to victory.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET
- Where: Moody Coliseum -- Dallas, Texas
- TV: ESPN2
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $20.00
The Cougars are a big 7.5-point favorite against the Mustangs, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Cougars as a 6.5-point favorite.
Houston have won eight out of their last 12 games against SMU.
- Jan 31, 2021 - Houston 70 vs. SMU 48
- Jan 03, 2021 - Houston 74 vs. SMU 60
- Feb 15, 2020 - SMU 73 vs. Houston 72
- Jan 15, 2020 - Houston 71 vs. SMU 62
- Mar 07, 2019 - Houston 90 vs. SMU 79
- Jan 16, 2019 - Houston 69 vs. SMU 58
- Feb 28, 2018 - Houston 69 vs. SMU 56
- Feb 08, 2018 - Houston 67 vs. SMU 58
- Feb 18, 2017 - SMU 76 vs. Houston 66
- Jan 21, 2017 - SMU 85 vs. Houston 64
- Feb 01, 2016 - Houston 71 vs. SMU 68
- Jan 19, 2016 - SMU 77 vs. Houston 73