The AAC conference will crown a champion on Sunday when the Tulsa Golden Hurricane visits the SMU Mustangs at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.
It all comes down to just one game. The conference title for the regular season will go to either the No. 22 ranked Mustangs or the Golden Hurricane.
Both teams enter the game with conference records of 14.3, with the winner also being the No. 1 seed for the AAC tournament later in the week.
The two teams met earlier this season on February 7 at Tulsa. SMU defeated Tulsa 68-57 holding Tulsa to 28% shooting from the floor.
Tulsa this season on the road is 7-1 SU and 5-3 ATS. According to Bovada and betonline, Tulsa’s only road loss was a 25-point defeat to UConn. The Golden Hurricane was beaten in its last game against Cincinnati 56-47. Tulsa had been a favorite by 3 points in the game.
SMU lost a big opportunity to clinch the American Athletic Conference crown for the regular season when it was beaten by Connecticut last Sunday 81-73. Prior to the loss SMU had won five straight. At home in AAC play, SMU is 7-1 SU and 6-1-1 ATS. Its lone loss at home was against Cincinnati 62-54.
SMU’s success at home has gone beyond just AAC play as it has won 13 of its last 14 at home against all competition. Five of the past six SMU games have cashed on the OVER.
Tulsa has recorded much success of late at SMU. The Golden Hurricane is 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS, when playing at SMU. Tulsa was the favorite in 4 of those 8 games.
The visiting team has dominated the series winning the last four in Oklahoma.
There are no injuries for Tulsa, while SMU does not have Keith Frazier a guard who is ineligible.
Tulsa will play four guards regularly and sometimes five at the same time on the court. That makes them a nightmare when it comes to matching up on quickness. However, the team has had difficulty finishing against the bigger teams.
SMU is sitting in the driver’s seat for the title. They are able to match well against Tulsa, given their height inside and overall suffocating defense, which is second in the ACC at 59.7 points per game and No. 24 in the nation.
Larry Brown the SMU head coach will have the defense prepared following its lackluster outing on Sunday. He had a full week to work out his players lightly and with 3+ days of rest this season SMU is 11-1 SU.
Prediction: SMU big 66-50