SMU doesn't want a couple of loses to stop them in their way, so USF watch out.

SMU Vs South Florida Expert Pick

Written by on February 5, 2016

The American Conference is one that doesn’t really get a lot of national attention, but that has changed a little this year, thanks in large part to the performance of the SMU Mustangs. They have played their way into the #12 ranking, and will try to maintain their standing when they head into the USF Sun Dome to face the South Florida Bulls on Sunday. The full odds for this one, as well as all the other Sunday action, will be up at the NCAA basketball odds page when updated.

How to bet SMU Mustangs Vs South Florida Bulls TV and Game Info

When: Sunday, February 7, 2 PM ESTWhere: USF Sun Dome, Tampa Bay, FloridaTV: CBSSNRadio: KAAM 770 AMStream Option: CBSSports.comThe Mustangs may not be playing their best ball of the season right now, but they should still be a pretty heavy favorite for this match-up. They have had some issues on the road of late, though, so the Bulls might be thinking that they can make a game of it.

Why bet on the SMU Mustangs

After a start to the season that saw the Mustangs (19-2, 8-2) win their first 18 games, SMU have now seen the wheels come off a little. They have lost 2 of their last 3 games, with both of those defeats coming on the road. The loss at Temple can be excused a little, as weather forced the postponement of the game for a night. It has to be tough to go on the road mentally prepared, and then be forced to try and get back to that same level one night later. It should also be noted that both losses came against teams that have pretty decent winning records, which is not something you can say for the Bulls. The Mustangs are averaging 79.4 PPG, and are giving up 63.9 PPG.

Why bet on the South Florida Bulls

The Bulls (5-19, 2-9) are languishing near the bottom of the American Conference, and would not appear to be much of a threat the Mustangs. Looks can be deceiving, though, as the Bulls were able to recently head into Houston and Tulane in back to back games and pick up road wins. They have lost 2 in a row since then, but SMU still have to look at those earlier wins by South Florida and see that they will be facing a team that you cannot take to lightly. The Bulls will be well aware of the recent road struggles by SMU, and will likely try and jump on them quickly to get them off their game. The Bulls are averaging 63.2 PPG, and are giving up 70.8 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

These two teams went head to head a few weeks ago, and it was the Mustangs who came away with the 72-58 win on home court. I think we will see a very similar sort of result in this one.SMU Mustangs 77 South Florida Bulls 59