SMU is dominant in Moody
SMU has not lost a game at home this season, and tonight's win makes them 64-4 in their last 68 games in Moody. The crowd energizes the Mustangs, and seems to intimidate their opponents. Since the start of conference play, SMU has won every home game by at least 14 points. Their prowess in Moody Coliseum makes it hard to see Cincinnati coming in and beating SMU, especially considering the close score their last matchup.
Shake Milton has turned a corner
After a being mildly quiet on the offensive end for most of the season, Shake Milton has really poured in the points in SMU's last four games. In those games, Milton has totaled 23, 27, 19 and 19 points. He has also made multiple three pointers in each of those contests. At halftime, he had 17 points on 6-7 shooting, making the Pirates pay whenever they left him any space. If Milton continues to shoot at this level he gives SMU's offense another dimension, putting an elite guard alongside Ojeleye.
There is not much competition in the AAC
Two games ago, this very ECU team beat Tulsa, who was third in the conference coming into tonight. Behind SMU and Cincinnati, there is really not much talent in this conference. ECU was not even competitive in this game, as it felt more like a non-conference game against a weak team than a conference game. ECU shot just 30.6% from the field and turned the rock over 17 times. It is hard for SMU to notch resume-building wins in the AAC, which is evident as teams with similar records in power five conferences (Kansas State and Northwestern) jump them in the AP rankings.