MAR 16 - USC Vs SMU Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

USC Vs SMU Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

Written by on March 16, 2017

March Madness is underway, which means it’s time to start thinking about where the upsets might come from this season. It’s not a good idea to look at the #16 seeds, as they have never been able to topple a #1 in the history of the tournament. What past tournaments have shown us, though, is that there is often real value to be found in the 10 through 12 seeds, which is where the biggest upsets are likely to strike in the opening round. If that does indeed ring true this year, then it might be worth taking a look at the USC Trojans as potential upset makers. They are a team riding a bit of a high after making a dramatic comeback in their First Four game versus Providence. They will enter the tournament as the #11 seed, and will head into the East Region with an opening round game versus the SMU Mustangs. Despite the difference in seeding, these two look well matched, and this should be an incredibly entertaining game. Find the updated college basketball point spreads here.

In Depth Analysis On The USC Trojans Vs SMU Mustangs Betting Odds, Pick & TV Info

When: Friday, March 17 at 3:10 PM ESTWhere: Bank of Oklahoma Center, TulsaTV: TruTVLive Stream: NCAA LiveNCAAB Odds: TBA 

Why bet on the USC Trojans

The USC Trojans are going to need to get off to a better start than they did against Providence if they are to move on to the next round in the tournament. One of their biggest weaknesses has been on the defensive side of the ball, and they have a tendency to start falling apart in defense if they get behind early. Pulling the big comeback like they did in their last outing is going to be a much tougher ask against a very organized Mustangs D. USC will be relying heavily on its perimeter shooting, and if they can get that going, they will have a shot at the upset. USC went 4-6 ATS as an underdog this season, and 17-16 ATS overall.

Why bet on the SMU Mustangs

The SMU Mustangs are a team that can effectively shut down anyone they face, holding their opponents to an average under 60 PPG this season. They are also a team that does not turn the ball over very often, which tends to allow them to maintain control of the pace of the game. If they get up early on in this on, they will certainly have what it takes to prevent the Trojans from pulling another big comeback out of the bag. Another thing that SMU have going for them is a solid bench, which means that they are not going to need to rely too heavily on their starting 5. SMU were a very solid 21-6-1 ATS this season.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think this one will be close, and while there is the definite possibility of an upset here, I believe that the SMU defense will be able to win the day for the Mustangs.

USC Trojans 70 SMU Mustangs 75