Check out our free Marshall vs Appalachian State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Boone. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Marshall vs Appalachian State Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds
Thundering Herd vs Mountaineers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Marshall Thundering Herd at Appalachian State Mountaineers
- Where: Boone at Holmes Convocation Center
- Date: Thursday, February 2nd
- Betting Odds: Marshall -3, MARSH -160 | APPLST +130 O/U 144.0
Thundering Herd Preview:
Through 23 games, the Marshall Thundering Herd have an overall record of 18-5. So far, the Thundering Herd have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 5-3. This season, Marshall has been favored to win in 21 games, sitting with a mark of 16-5. For today’s contest, Marshall has a betting line set -3 points in their favor.
Marshall’s leading scorer this season is Taevion Kinsey, who is averaging 21.35 points per contest. So far, Kinsey has accounted for 25.79% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.96 rebounds per game and 5.87 assists. Andrew Taylor is the second leading scorer for the Thundering Herd, averaging 19.22 points per game. Between him and Taylor, they are accounting for 49.0% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Marshall is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 23 games, they have only hit 30.1% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 39.39% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Through 23 games, the Appalachian State Mountaineers have an overall record of 13-10. So far this season, Appalachian State has played 14 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-5. For the season, Appalachian State has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 5-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Mountaineers being +3 point underdogs.
Appalachian State’s leading scorer this season is Donovan Gregory, who is averaging 11.86 points per contest. So far, Gregory has accounted for 15.57% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.82 rebounds per game and 4.32 assists. Terence Harcum is the second leading scorer for the Mountaineers, averaging 10.91 points per game. Between him and Harcum, they are accounting for 30.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Appalachian State this season, as they are currently ranked 338th in college basketball at 66.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Mountaineers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.3%, placing them 293rd in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Marshall Thundering Herd -3
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Marshall Thundering Herd to pick up the win and cover the spread as -3 point betting favorites. Although Marshall as a team is just 256th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Mountaineers’ defense. At -3 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Thundering Herd to come out on top and cover.