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Marshall vs Arkansas State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Thundering Herd vs Red Wolves Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Marshall Thundering Herd at Arkansas State Red Wolves
  • Where: Jonesboro at First National Bank Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Marshall -10.5, MARSH -598 | ARKST +429 O/U 141.5

Thundering Herd Preview:

The Marshall Thundering Herd will be looking to pick up their 21st win of the season and are in the middle of a 4 game win streak. So far, the Thundering Herd have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 4-3. This season, Marshall has been favored to win in 18 games, sitting with a mark of 14-4. For today’s contest, Marshall has a betting line set -10.5 points in their favor.

Marshall’s leading scorer this season is Taevion Kinsey, who is averaging 21.1 points per contest. So far, Kinsey has accounted for 25.86% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.9 rebounds per game and 6.0 assists. Andrew Taylor is the second leading scorer for the Thundering Herd, averaging 18.9 points per game. Between him and Taylor, they are accounting for 49.0% of the team’s scoring.

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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 20 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.

Red Wolves Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Arkansas State Red Wolves are in the middle of a 6 game losing streak and have an overall record of 9-11. So far this season, Arkansas State has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-5. For the season, Arkansas State has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 1-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Red Wolves being +10.5 point underdogs.

Arkansas State’s leading scorer this season is Caleb Fields, who is averaging 11.75 points per contest. So far, Fields has accounted for 17.9% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.45 rebounds per game and 4.7 assists. Omar El-Sheikh is the second leading scorer for the Red Wolves, averaging 11.05 points per game. Between him and El-Sheikh, they are accounting for 34.7% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Arkansas State this season, as they are currently ranked 211th in college basketball at 70.9 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 Red Wolves’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.1%, placing them 411th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Arkansas State Red Wolves +10.5

Our analysis of the matchup between the Arkansas State Red Wolves and Marshall Thundering Herd shows that Arkansas State will cover the spread as +10.5 point underdogs. We feel that the spread for this game is set too high, creating an opportunity for Arkansas State to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Red Wolves are a good candidate to keep the final score closer than predicted. In these scenarios, the better team’s pace of play can be a major factor in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are near the NCAA average, Arkansas State won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Based on our model, we recommend betting on the Arkansas State Red Wolves at +10.5.

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