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Little Rock vs Tennessee State Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Trojans vs Tigers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Little Rock Trojans at Tennessee State Tigers
  • Where: Nashville at Gentry Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Little Rock +5, ARLR +175 | TENST -221 O/U 155.5

Trojans Preview:

Little Rock heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-9. So far, the Trojans have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 0-9. For the season, Little Rock has been the underdog in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 1-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Trojans being +5 point underdogs.

Myron Gardner comes into today’s game as the Trojans’ leading scorer at 14.0 points per contest. Not only has Gardner been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Little Rock’s top rebounder at 9.57 boards per contest. Behind Gardner, the team has benefited from the strong play of D.J. Smith who is second on the team in scoring at 11.36 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.6% of his shots and is adding 2.57 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Little Rock this season, as they are currently ranked 342nd in college basketball at 66.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Trojans’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.7%, placing them 273rd in the NCAA.

Tigers Preview:

The Tennessee State Tigers head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 8-6. So far this season, Tennessee State has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-2. The Tigers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5 points in their favor. For the season, Tennessee State has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2.

Tennessee State’s leading scorer this season is Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. who is averaging 14.36 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 16.99% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.5 rebounds per game and 3.43 assists. J.R. Clay is the second leading scorer for the Tigers, averaging 16.5 points per game. Between him and Clay, they are accounting for 33.7% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Tennessee State this season, as they are currently ranked 188th in college basketball at 71.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Tigers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 186th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Little Rock Trojans +5

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Tennessee State Tigers are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -5. However, we anticipate Little Rock putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Tigers as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Trojans to cover.

 


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