Check out our free Southern Miss vs Marshall pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Huntington. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Southern Miss vs Marshall Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds
Golden Eagles vs Thundering Herd Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Marshall Thundering Herd
- Where: Huntington at Cam Henderson Center
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds: Southern Miss +7.5, SOUMIS +267 | MARSH -345 O/U 146.0
Golden Eagles Preview:
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 14-3. On the road, the Golden Eagles will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 5-3. So far, the Golden Eagles have been the underdog 5 times, going 3-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
Southern Miss will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Austin Crowley who is averaging 17.18 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 48.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.82 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.
Thundering Herd Preview:
The Marshall Thundering Herd head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 13-4. So far this season, Marshall has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-1. The Thundering Herd’s are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, Marshall has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 11-4.
Marshall’s leading scorer this season is Taevion Kinsey, who is averaging 20.94 points per contest. So far, Kinsey has accounted for 25.63% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.06 rebounds per game and 5.82 assists. Andrew Taylor is the second leading scorer for the Thundering Herd, averaging 18.82 points per game. Between him and Taylor, they are accounting for 48.7% 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 17 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Marshall Thundering Herd -7.5
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 -7.5 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 Golden Eagles’ defense. At -7.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Thundering Herd to come out on top and cover.
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