Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/12/14
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (14-2) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-9)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Reynolds Center)
The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane host the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at the Reynolds Center.
Southern Mississippi has been looking like one of the teams to beat in the CUSA behind solid scoring and a top 25 defense. Both had a hand in a 74-64 victory at North Texas to give the Golden Eagle five wins in a row. USM took a 14 point lead after 20 minutes and were never in danger with 47% from the floor and a 28-12 advantage at the foul line carrying the day. Michael Craig led all scorers with 21 points and seven boards with Daveon Boardingham and Deonte Houston combining for 21 points with Boardingham snagging six pulls followed Aaron Brown with nine points.
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Tulsa has had no problem finfing the bottom of the basket at 74 points but they also give up 74 which is where the problem is. The Golden Hurricane forgot about their defensive woes for one day as they rode a 60 point first half to rout Tulane 97-71 in CUSA action. The Green Wave shot the ball well enough at 48% but that paled next to Tulsa's 57% marksmanship which added up to eight more field goals. Shaquille Harrison was the offensive star with 23 points and six helpers with Lew Evans next in line with 14 while Tim Peete and James Woodard netting 12 and eleven points with eleven rebounds between them.
Southern Miss can score and defend while Tulsa scores but struggles defensively. Throw in the Golden Hurricane have played a tougher schedule and you have a small spread. I'm going with the Golden Eagles who are one of the best in the CUSA...