Check out our free Southern Miss vs Louisiana-Monroe pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Monroe. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Southern Miss vs Louisiana-Monroe Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Golden Eagles vs Warhawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
- Where: Monroe at Fant-Ewing Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Southern Miss -6, SOUMIS -264 | LAMON +210 O/U 138.5
Golden Eagles Preview:
Southern Miss heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 13-3. So far, the Golden Eagles have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 4-3. This season, Southern Miss has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 7-1. For today’s contest, Southern Miss has a betting line set -6 points in their favor.
Southern Miss will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Austin Crowley who is averaging 16.94 points per game for the Golden Eagles. Crowley is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Golden Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Felipe Haase who has hit 51.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.5 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Southern Miss this season, as they are currently ranked 396th in college basketball at 64.4 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 Golden Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.2%, placing them 407th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Southern Miss, the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 7-9. So far this season, Louisiana-Monroe has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-3. For the season, Louisiana-Monroe has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 3-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Warhawks being +6 point underdogs.
Louisiana-Monroe’s leading scorer this season is Tyreke Locure, who is averaging 14.06 points per contest. So far, Locure has accounted for 19.86% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.19 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists. Jamari Blackmon is the second leading scorer for the Warhawks, averaging 11.07 points per game. Between him and Blackmon, they are accounting for 34.5% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Louisiana-Monroe this season, as they are currently ranked 164th in college basketball at 72.5 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 Warhawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.8%, placing them 269th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks +6
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -6. However, we anticipate Louisiana-Monroe putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Golden Eagles as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Warhawks to cover.