Boise State vs SMU Preview

Boise State vs SMU

Boise State heads on the road for only their second true road game of the season when they play a potential Tournament team in the SMU Mustangs.

Boise State snapped Oregon’s NCAA-best 46-game homecourt win streak, 73-70, on Dec. 1 thanks to a buzzer-beating half-court shot by senior guard Lexus Williams. Now the Broncos will take aim at SMU’s 29-game win streak at Moody Coliseum which includes a 72-55 victory over then No. 14 USC on Dec. 3 in a rematch of their NCAA tournament first-round game.

Williams, a 6-foot grad transfer from Valparaiso, proved his game-winner against the Ducks was no fluke when he made another big 3-pointer to send the game into overtime Wednesday night in an eventual 85-80 double-overtime win over WAC favorite Grand Canyon. “As soon as I got the ball in my hands, I knew that I wanted to put it up,” Williams said. “I wasn’t scared in the moment, and thank God it went in.”

The Broncos’ 85-80 win over Grand Canyon was the first double overtime victory for the program since defeating Montana at home, 76-67, on Nov. 18, 2014. The team’s last double overtime contest was a 97-93 loss at Colorado State on Feb. 10, 2016.

With his 27 points and 11 rebounds against Grand Canyon, Chandler Hutchison moved into a tie for first place in program history with 10 career 20-point, 10-rebound games, joining Reggie Larry (2007-08). The senior’s 16 career double-doubles is seventh in the school record book, as well.

Hutchison has recorded four-straight 20-point, 10-rebound games, amassing 91 points and 43 rebounds in his last four outings.

With the omission of the double overtime game against Grand Canyon, Boise State had held each of its previous 10 opponents to under 80 points and possesses a scoring defense average of 62.5 point per game – No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 26 in the nation.

As previously stated, the Mustangs are hard to beat on their home floor. SMU is 32-0 under Tim Jancovich at Moody Coliseum, the second-best home start by a head coach in NCAA history.

The Mustangs are 8-3 on the season after a 79-66 win against New Orleans at Moody Coliseum on Wednesday. All five starters scored in double figures for the second straight game. Jimmy Whitt led the way with career highs of 19 points, 8 assists and 3 steals.

The Mustangs are tied for the lead in The American in scoring defense at 60.6 (10th NCAA). SMU has only allowed more than 67 points in one game this season. The Mustangs also lead the AAC with a +4.2 turnover margin (32nd NCAA), a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio (19th NCAA) and 41.4 three-point percentage (19th NCAA).

All five starters are averaging double-digit scoring with Shake Milton leading the team at 17.8 (4th AAC). Jarrey Foster averages 15.0 (13th AAC), Ethan Chargois at 13.0 (19th AAC), Ben Emelogu 10.7 and Jimmy Whitt at 10.7. Emelogu is leading the AAC in 3-point percentage at 57.4 on 27-44. SMU has five guys averaging at least 4.4 rebounds with Emelogu and Chargois leading the Mustangs at 5.6 per game followed by Foster at 5.5, Whitt 5.0 and Milton 4.4 per game. Whitt leads the AAC at 4.9 assists per game with Milton 2nd in the AAC at 4.5 per game and Foster tied for 14th at 3.2 per contest. Chargois is one of 18 freshmen nationally averaging at least 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Prediction

LINE: -8 SMU

SMU has one of the best home court advantages in all of college basketball and despite Boise State’s recent success, I like the Mustangs to win and cover the points.

SMU 82 Boise State 70

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