Against the Spread Pick
The Houston Cougars have won eight of their last nine games and lead the American Athletic Conference with a 10-2 record. This stretch began with a 71-62 victory over the SMU Mustangs, whom they meet again on Saturday. Quentin Grimes (12.6 points per game) has scored at least 14 in three consecutive contests, which has been more than enough for a quad that excels on the defensive end of the floor. Houston has limited its last 10 opponents to no more than 64 points–including Wichita State to 43 this past Sunday. SMU has been inconsistent, alternating wins and losses over its past five outings. The Mustangs are turning the ball over 13. times per game. It is worth noting that the road team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six head-to-head matchups. Take the COUGARS.
Over Under Pick
In the previous meeting between the two teams, SMU went 6-for-25 from three-point range (24.0 percent). It will have to shoot better on Saturday, especially considering the fact that this team turns the ball over a fair amount. Tyson Jolly (14.4 ppg) was held to seven points by Connecticut on Wednesday. Houston has reached the 70-point mark only twice in its last eight games. Look for this one to stay UNDER the total.