Basketball Betting Predictions -- Larry Brown's SMU Squad Looks to Take Next Step in NIT


There were some anxious moments for SMU in their first round game against Cal-Irvine, and so there are many things to be evaluated. The experts at Final Score Network know how to put this all into his formula for winning basketball handicapping selections, and they have the winner for their customers on Monday night.

One thing is for certain – SMU center Markus Kennedy is being tested. In the opening-round game, he had to encounter 7' 6" Mamadou Ndiaye, who swatted away one shot after another. Now he will be dealing with shorter people on the LSU side, but they are bulky and effective. Johnny O'Bryant and freshman Jordan Hickey are players who now know how to work on the inside, and they have combined for over 28 points and 15 rebounds per game. Judging from the way some of the SEC teams have been playing in the Big Dance, that conference has turned out to be better than most people have given it credit for. LSU hopes to keep that revelation going.

What SMU wants to prove here is that they haven't suffered from emotional hangover after being one of the notable snubs from the NCAA field. So many times a team comes from that kind of disappointment and then goes flat, as they are beaten by an opponent that is, by and large, inferior. That did indeed almost happen to the Mustangs against Irvine, which got off to a lead in the first half. But give some credit to Larry Brown, the veteran coach who has won titles in NCAA and NBA basketball, for doing what he can to keep his guys focused.

In the NIT, there is a home team and a visitor. Brown's SMU team is 11-1 against the basketball betting lines as a home favorite this season. But SMU is laying a considerable number here – seven points – so can they cover it? For that answer, turn to Final Score Network and let them guide you the rest of the way during March Madness with their basketball betting predictions!


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