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SMU Mustangs – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017

SMU Mustangs – March Madness Team Predictions, Odds and Preview 2017


SMU Mustangs (Overall: 30-4, Conf: 17-1)


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Team Strengths

Like Louisville, the Mustangs were banned from postseason action by orders of the NCAA board in 2016. That’s no longer the situation this year, as they’re expected to make some serious noise in the Big Dance.

SMU prides itself on defense, where it ranks third across the nation in points conceded (59.4). Partner that with an offense that’s headlined by four double-digit scorers in Semi Ojeleye (18.5), Shake Milton (13.3), Sterling Brown (12.8) and Ben Moore (11.8). No team would be happy about a matchup with the Mustangs, who are priced at +3,000 to win this year’s national championship.

Team Weaknesses

The best or, arguably, the only way to stop the Mustangs from getting their way is to foul and force them make their free throws. They’ve been struggling in that area all season long, shooting just 69.3% as a team from the charity stripe, which ranks 208th in the country per teamrankings.com.

Team Statistics (from TeamRankings.com)

Category Stat Rank
Points Per Game 74.6  #132
Rebounds Per Game 39.0 #30
Blocks Per Game  3.4 #149
3-Point Percentage 40.3 #10
Free Throw Percentage 69.3  #208

Starting Lineup

Position Name PPG
F  Ben Moore 11.8
F Semi Ojeleye  18.5
F Jarrey Foster
9.9
G Shake Milton
 13.3
G  Sterling Brown  11.8

Writer’s Prediction

SMU (+3,000) exits in the Sweet 16 round.

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