AAC Tournament Preview: Temple vs. SMU

The AAC Tournament will be a little bit of an unknown this year. The tournament is being played at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, which just opened its doors four months ago. To the best of my knowledge, it has only hosted one basketball game since its opening (TCU vs. USC in December). It’s a 36-mile trek from SMU’s campus to Fort Worth. Will that help push the Mustangs to a first round victory over the Owls? The WagerTalk TV crew offers their Temple vs. SMU preview and prediction.

Date/Time: 03-12-2020, 20:00 EDT
Opening Spread: SMU -3
Opening Total: 134.5

I have fallen victim to betting on Temple overs a few times this season. The Owls are No. 2 in the league in tempo. They want to play games with 70+ possessions. They have upperclassmen all over the floor and Coach Aaron McKie lets them run. But then you watch them shoot the basketball. And then you question what you just got yourself into. The Owls are No. 322 in the country in effective field goal percentage and No. 335 in 2-point shooting. SMU lost five of its last six regular season games, with four of those five losses coming on the road. The Mustangs have four players that average between 11-14.5 points per game.

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